Doing Fieldwork in Japan

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Bringing together an interdisciplinary group of contributors from North America and Europe, this volume presents 20 papers that provide advice on both research methodologies and Japanese society, often with reference to the authors' own research experiences, for prospective researchers in the social sciences. Major themes include the navigation of bureaucratic mazes in business and government, the penetration of "closed" networks, and the conduct of interviews and surveys. Annotation ?2003 Book News, Inc., ...
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Overview

Bringing together an interdisciplinary group of contributors from North America and Europe, this volume presents 20 papers that provide advice on both research methodologies and Japanese society, often with reference to the authors' own research experiences, for prospective researchers in the social sciences. Major themes include the navigation of bureaucratic mazes in business and government, the penetration of "closed" networks, and the conduct of interviews and surveys. Annotation ©2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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  • ISBN-13: 9780824827342
  • Publisher: University of Hawaii Press, The
  • Publication date: 8/28/2003
  • Pages: 424
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Doing Fieldwork in Japan 1
Taking Note of Teen Culture in Japan: Dear Diary, Dear Fieldworker 21
New Notes from the Underground: Doing Fieldwork without a Site 36
From Scrambled Messages to an Impromptu Dip: Serendipity in Finding a Field Location 55
Fieldwork with Japanese Religious Groups 71
Chance, Fate, and Undisciplined Meanderings: A Pilgrimage through the Fieldwork Maze 89
Getting Cooperation in Policy-Oriented Research 109
JET Lag: Studying a Multilevel Program over Time 124
Getting in and Getting along in the Prosecutors Office 139
In Search of the Japanese State 156
Doing Media Research in Japan 176
Fact-Rich, Data-Poor: Japan as Sociologists' Heaven and Hell 195
Beginning Trials and Tribulations: Rural Community Study and Tokyo City Survey 214
Research among the Bureaucrats: Substance and Process 229
Dealing with the Unexpected: Field Research in Japanese Politics 248
Studying the Social History of Contemporary Japan 261
Unraveling the Web of Song 277
Bottom Up, Top Down, and Sideways: Studying Corporations, Government Programs, and NPOs 294
Inquisitive Observation: Following Networks in Urban Fieldwork 315
Responsibility and the Limits of Identification: Fieldwork among Japanese and Japanese Brazilian Workers in Japan 335
Time and Ethnology: Long-Term Field Research 352
App Digital Resources and Fieldwork 367
Glossary 375
Bibliography 383
About the Contributors 397
Index 401
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