Situated Meaning adds a new dimension, both literal and metaphoric, to our understanding of Japan. The essays in this volume leave the vertical axis of hierarchy and subordinationan organizing trope in much of the literature on Japanand focus instead on the horizontal, interpreting a wide range of cultural practices and orientations in terms of such relational concepts as uchi ("inside") and soto ("outside"). Evolving from a shared theoretical focus, the essays show that in Japan the directional orientations inside and outside are specifically linked to another set of meanings, denoting "self" and "society."
After Donald L. Brenneis's foreward, Jane M. Bachnick, Charles J. Quinn, Jr., Patricia J. Wetzel, Nancy R. Rosenberger, and Robert J. Sukle discuss "Indexing Self and Social Context." "Failure to Index: Boundary Disintegration and Social Breakdown" is the topic of Dorinne K. Kondo, Matthews M. Hamabata, Michael S. Molasky, and Jane Bachnik. Finally, Charles Quinn explores "Language as a Form of Life."
Jane M. Bachnik is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is presently pursuing research in Japan under a Senior Fellowship Grant from the Japan Foundation. Charles J. Quinn, Jr., is Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Literatures at the Ohio State University.
Originally published in 1994.
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About the Author
Jane M. Bachnik is is a research fellow with the Japan Foundation in Tokyo. Charles J. Quinn, Jr., is Visiting Professor at the Institute for Research in Japanese Culture at Tohuku University.
Table of ContentsForeword
Note on Romanization
Key to Abbreviations and Orthographic Conventions
Ch. 1 Introduction: uchi/soto: Challenging Our Conceptualizations of Self, Social Order, and Language
Ch. 2 The Terms uchi and soto as Windows on a World
Ch. 3 A Movable Self: The Linguistic Indexing of uchi and soto
Ch. 4 Indexing Hierarchy through Japanese Gender Relations
Ch. 5 Uchi/soto: Choices in Directive Speech Acts in Japanese
Ch. 6 Indexing Self and Society in Japanese Family Organization
Ch. 7 Uchi no kaisha: Company as Family?
Ch. 8 The Battle to Belong: Self-Sacrifice and Self-Fulfillment in the Japanese Family Enterprise
Ch. 9 When uchi and soto Fell Silent in the Night: Shifting Boundaries in Shiga Naoya's "The Razor"
Ch. 10 Uchi/Soto: Authority and Intimacy, Hierarchy and Solidarity in Japan
Ch. 11 Uchi/Soto: Tip of a Semiotic Iceberg? 'Inside' and 'Outside' Knowledge in the Grammar of Japanese