By Jennifer Robertson
This ebook is an exceptional choice of 29 unique essays by way of a number of the world’s so much uncommon students of Japan. Covers a huge diversity of matters, together with the colonial roots of anthropology within the eastern academy; eugenics and kingdom construction; majority and minority cultures; genders and sexualities; and type and nutrition cultures Resists stale and deceptive stereotypes, by way of featuring new views on jap tradition and society Makes eastern society obtainable to readers strange with the rustic
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I am very grateful to my colleagues who accepted the challenge of writing a concise yet comprehensive essay on their subject or area of expertise. Not everyone invited was able to contribute or to complete an essay for one reason or another. Nevertheless, the 29 essays comprising this volume represent the application of a heterogeneous repertoire of theories and methodologies to the study of Japan, the country, cultures, and peoples. The subjects explored, summarized below, are equally heterogeneous.
It was in this rhetorical climate that cultural anthropology was established as a major at Tokyo universities and elsewhere. At the general meeting of the Japanese Society of Ethnology in 1995, I voiced my opposition to the proposed name change. Changing the name of the society, I argued, would effectively erase the colonial history of Japanese ethnology before that history had been described in sufficient detail. I felt that it was important for us to remain conscious of the continuities in the discipline with Japan’s imperial past, when ethnological studies were carried out in conjunction with Japanese colonial policies.