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Japan Anthropology Workshop Series

Series Editor: Joy Hendry

Editorial Board:

Pamela Asquith, University of Alberta

Eyal Ben Ari, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Hirochika Nakamaki, National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka

Kirsten Refsing, University of Copenhagen

Wendy Smith, Monash University

Founder Member of the Editorial Board:

Jan van Bremen, University of Leiden

Routledge is very proud to be publishing this important series, which has already signed up a good list of high quality books on interesting topics, and has a truly international range of authors and editors.

A key aim of the series is to present studies that offer a deep understanding of aspects of Japanese society and culture to offset the impression of constant change and frivolity that so tempts the mass media around the world. Living in Japan brings anyone into contact with the fervent mood of change, and former residents from many other countries enjoy reading about their temporary home, but there is a demand also to penetrate less obvious elements of this temporary life. Anthropologists specialise in digging beneath the surface, in peeling off and examining layers of cultural wrapping, and in gaining an understanding of language and communication that goes beyond formal presentation and informal frolicking. This series will help to open the eyes of readers around the world from many backgrounds to the work of these diligent anthropologists researching the social life of Japan.

Submissions from prospective authors are welcomed, and enquiries should be sent in the first instance to the series editor Professor Joy Hendry (jhendry@brookes.ac.uk).

New and Published Books

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  1. Abandoned Japanese in Postwar Manchuria

    The Lives of War Orphans and Wives in Two Countries

    By Yeeshan Chan

    Series: Japan Anthropology Workshop Series

    This book relates the experiences of the zanryu-hojin - the Japanese civilians, mostly women and children, who were abandoned in Manchuria after the end of the Second World War when Japan’s puppet state in Manchuria ended, and when most Japanese who has been based there returned to Japan. Many...

    Published January 28th 2013 by Routledge

  2. Japanese Women, Class and the Tea Ceremony

    The voices of tea practitioners in northern Japan

    By Kaeko Chiba

    Series: Japan Anthropology Workshop Series

    This book examines the complex relationship between class and gender dynamics among tea ceremony (chado) practitioners in Japan. Focusing on practitioners in a provincial city, Akita, the book surveys the rigid, hierarchical chado system at grass roots level. Making critical use of Bourdieu’s idea...

    Published January 28th 2013 by Routledge

  3. Home and Family in Japan

    Continuity and Transformation

    Edited by Richard Ronald, Allison Alexy

    Series: Japan Anthropology Workshop Series

    In the Japanese language the word ‘ie’ denotes both the materiality of homes and family relations within. The traditional family and family house - often portrayed in ideal terms as key foundations of Japanese culture and society - have been subject to significant changes in recent years. This book...

    Published October 11th 2011 by Routledge

  4. Making Japanese Heritage

    Edited by Christoph Brumann, Rupert A. Cox

    Series: Japan Anthropology Workshop Series

    This book examines the making of heritage in contemporary Japan, investigating the ways in which particular objects, practices and institutions are ascribed public recognition and political significance. Through detailed ethnographic and historical case studies, it analyses the social, economic,...

    Published May 11th 2011 by Routledge

  5. Japanese Tourism and Travel Culture

    Edited by Sylvie Guichard-Anguis, Okpyo Moon

    Series: Japan Anthropology Workshop Series

    This book examines Japanese tourism and travel, both today and in the past, showing how over hundreds of years a distinct culture of travel developed, and exploring how this has permeated the perceptions and traditions of Japanese society. It considers the diverse dimensions of modern tourism...

    Published April 19th 2011 by Routledge

  6. Community Volunteers in Japan

    Everyday stories of social change

    By Lynne Nakano

    Series: Japan Anthropology Workshop Series

    Volunteering is a recent and highly visible phenomenon in Japan, adopted as a meaningful social activity by millions of Japanese and covered widely in the Japanese media. This book, based on extensive original research, tells the stories of community volunteers who make social change through their...

    Published August 13th 2009 by Routledge

  7. Primary School in Japan

    Self, Individuality and Learning in Elementary Education

    By Peter Cave

    Series: Japan Anthropology Workshop Series

    The balance between individual independence and social interdependence is a perennial debate in Japan. A series of educational reforms since 1990, including the implementation of a new curriculum in 2002, has been a source of fierce controversy. This book, based on an extended, detailed study of...

    Published May 11th 2009 by Routledge

  8. The Culture of Copying in Japan

    Critical and Historical Perspectives

    Edited by Rupert Cox

    Series: Japan Anthropology Workshop Series

    This book challenges the perception of Japan as a ‘copying culture’ through a series of detailed ethnographic and historical case studies. It addresses a question about why the West has had such a fascination for the adeptness with which the Japanese apparently assimilate all things foreign and at...

    Published May 11th 2009 by Routledge

  9. Dismantling the East-West Dichotomy

    Essays in Honour of Jan van Bremen

    Edited by Joy Hendry, Heung Wah Wong

    Series: Japan Anthropology Workshop Series

    It has been customary in the appraisal of the different approaches to the study of Japan anthropology to invoke an East-West dichotomy positing hegemonic ‘Western’ systems of thought against a more authentic ‘Eastern’ alternative. Top scholars in the field of Japan anthropology examine, challenge...

    Published May 11th 2009 by Routledge

  10. Nature, Ritual, and Society in Japan's Ryukyu Islands

    By Arne Røkkum

    Series: Japan Anthropology Workshop Series

    Despite their small area, the southern islands of Japan can be seen as stepping stones towards a more nuanced view of cultural osmosis between Japan and the outside world. This book presents an ethnographic portrayal of the people of the Southern Ryukyu Islands and their world. In particular it...

    Published May 11th 2009 by Routledge

Forthcoming Books

  1. Becoming International in Japan: Class, Ethnicity and Early Childhood Education
    By Yuki Imoto
    To Be Published July 30th 2015

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