Interpreting Japanese Society: Anthropological Approaches [NOOK Book]

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First published in 1986, Interpreting Japanese Society became something of a classic in the field. In this newly revised and updated edition, the value of anthropological approaches to help understand an ancient and complex nation is clearly demonstrated.
While living and working in Japan the contributors have studied important areas of society. Religion, ritual, leisure, family and social relations are covered as are Japanese preconceptions of...
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Interpreting Japanese Society: Anthropological Approaches

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Overview

First published in 1986, Interpreting Japanese Society became something of a classic in the field. In this newly revised and updated edition, the value of anthropological approaches to help understand an ancient and complex nation is clearly demonstrated.
While living and working in Japan the contributors have studied important areas of society. Religion, ritual, leisure, family and social relations are covered as are Japanese preconceptions of time and space - often so different from Western concepts.
This new edition of Interpreting Japanese Society shows what an important contribution research in such a rapidly changing industralised nation can make to the subject of anthropology. It will be welcomed by students and scholars alike who wish to find refreshing new insights on one of the world's most fascinating societies.
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Contributors who have spent long periods living and working in the country discuss such areas as religion, ritual, leisure, family, and social relations. Many describe local perceptions of time and space. The 1986 edition has been updated and augmented with new studies on the sinister Aum Shinrikyo, a Japanese view of western philosophy, an account of hi-tech computerized healers, and an explanation of ghost marriages. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781134691562
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/11/2002
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 312
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Joy Hendry is Professor of Social Anthropology at Oxford Brookes University. She has 25 years experience specialising in the anthropological study of Japan and is the author of Understanding Japanese Society and Wrapping Culture

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
List of contributors
Foreword to second edition
Acknowledgements
Note on the text
Introduction: the contribution of social anthropology to Japanese studies 1
1 Time in the Japanese ritual year 15
2 Spatial characterization of human temporality in the Ryukyus 31
3 The Pythagorean view of time and space in Japan 42
4 The question of space: from Heidegger to Watsuji 57
5 Contested identities and models of action in Japanese discourses of place-making: an interpretive study 68
6 Time, space and person in Japanese relationships 91
7 Is the ie disappearing in rural Japan?: the impact of tourism on a traditional Japanese village 117
8 Death rites in Japan in the twentieth century 131
9 A child in time: changing adoption and fostering in Japan 145
10 Gods, ancestors and mediators: a cosmology from the South-western Archipelago of Japan 167
11 The importance of the left hand in two types of ritual activity in Japanese villages 182
12 'Years of calamity': yakudoshi observances in urban Japan 194
13 Redefining Kuzaki: ritual, belief and cho boundaries 213
14 Science and religious movements in Japan: hi-tech healers and computerized cults 222
15 Sakariba: zone of 'evaporation' between work and home? 231
16 One over the seven: sake drinking in a Japanese pottery community 243
17 Models of performance: space, time and social organization in Japanese dance 259
Name index 282
Subject index 286
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