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An Anthropologist in Japan

Glimpses of Life in the Field

By Joy Hendry

Routledge – 1999 – 184 pages

Series: The ASA Research Methods

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    February 4th 1999
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Description

In this highly personal account Joy Hendry relates her experiences of fieldwork in a Japanese town and reveals a fascinating cross-section of Japanese life. She sets out on a study of politeness but a variety of unpredictable events including a volcanic eruption, a suicide and her son's involvement with the family of a poweful local gangster, begin to alter the direction of her research. The book demonstrates the role of chance in the acquisition of anthropological knowledge and demonstrates how moments of insight can be embedded in everyday activity. An Anthropologist in Japan illuminates the education system, religious beliefs, politics, the family and the neighbourhood in modern Japan.

Reviews

'Well written, and captivating to the end … fascinating book.' - Anthropos, 95

'Highly recommendable to diverse categories of readers. It is precisely suitable as a classroom text in anthropology, social science, communication, and Japan studies … not only educational but entertaining.' - Journal of Japanese Studies

Name: An Anthropologist in Japan: Glimpses of Life in the Field (Paperback)Routledge 
Description: By Joy Hendry. In this highly personal account Joy Hendry relates her experiences of fieldwork in a Japanese town and reveals a fascinating cross-section of Japanese life. She sets out on a study of politeness but a variety of unpredictable events including a volcanic...
Categories: Asian Politics, Anthropology - Soc Sci, Urban Sociology