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Anthropology of Asia

Series Editor: Shaun Malarney

Asia today is one of the most dynamic regions of the world. The previously predominant image of ‘timeless peasants’ has given way to the image of fast-paced business people, mass consumerism and high-rise urban conglomerations. Yet much discourse remains entrenched in the polarities of East versus West’, ‘Tradition versus Change’. This series hopes to provide a forum for anthropological studies which break with such polarities. It will publish titles dealing with cosmopolitanism, cultural identity, representations, arts and performance. The complexities of urban Asia, its elites, its political rituals, and its families will also be explored.

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1-10 of 18 results in Anthropology of Asia
  1. Calligraphy and Power in Contemporary Chinese Society

    By Yuehping Yen

    Series: Anthropology of Asia

    This unusual and interesting book is a fascinating account of the world of Chinese writing. It examines Chinese space and the political and social use of writing as propaganda, a publicity booster and as a ladder for social climbing....

    Published August 15th 2014 by Routledge

  2. Anthropology and Colonialism in Asia

    Comparative and Historical Colonialism

    By Jan van Bremen, Akitoshi Shimizu

    Series: Anthropology of Asia

    For a time it was almost a cliche to say that anthropology was a handmaiden of colonialism - by which was usually meant 'Western' colonialism. And this insinuation was assumed to somehow weaken the theoretical claims of anthropology and its fieldwork achievements.What this collection demonstrates...

    Published May 19th 2014 by Routledge

  3. Varieties of Secularism in Asia

    Anthropological Explorations of Religion, Politics and the Spiritual

    Edited by Nils Ole Bubandt, Martijn Van Beek

    Series: Anthropology of Asia

    Varieties of Secularism is an ethnographically rich, theoretically well-informed, and intellectually coherent volume which builds off the work of Talal Asad, Charles Taylor, and others who have engaged the issue of secularism(s) and in socio-political life. The volume seeks to examine theories of...

    Published March 21st 2014 by Routledge

  4. Night-time and Sleep in Asia and the West

    Exploring the Dark Side of Life

    Edited by Lodewijk Brunt, Brigitte Steger

    Series: Anthropology of Asia

    Ideas and practices concerning sleep and night-time are constantly changing and widely varied in different cultures and societies. What we do during the day and night is the result of much political struggle. Trade unions, political parties, entrepreneurs, leaders and schools boards, all have an...

    Published December 12th 2013 by Routledge

  5. Chinese Death Rituals in Singapore

    By Tong Chee Kiong

    Series: Anthropology of Asia

    Through a cultural analysis of the symbols of death - flesh, blood, bones, souls, time numbers, food and money - Chinese Death Rituals in Singapore throws light upon the Chinese perception of death and how they cope with its eventuality. In the seeming mass of religious rituals and beliefs, it...

    Published August 1st 2012 by Routledge

  6. The Tea Ceremony and Women's Empowerment in Modern Japan

    Bodies Re-Presenting the Past

    By Etsuko Kato

    Series: Anthropology of Asia

    The subject of the tea ceremony is well researched both in and outside of Japan, but the women who practice it are hardly ever discussed. The Tea Ceremony and Women's Empowerment in Modern Japan rectifies this by discussing the meaning of the Japanese tea ceremony for women practitioners in Japan...

    Published July 13th 2012 by Routledge

  7. Asian Anthropology

    Edited by Jan Van Bremen, Eyal Ben-Ari, Syed Farid Alatas

    Series: Anthropology of Asia

    Asian Anthropology raises important questions regarding the nature of anthropology and particularly the production and consumption of anthropological knowledge in Asia. Instead of assuming a universal standard or trajectory for the development of anthropology in Asia, the contributors to this...

    Published August 21st 2009 by Routledge

  8. Food and Foodways in Asia

    Resource, Tradition and Cooking

    Edited by Sidney Cheung, Chee-Beng Tan

    Series: Anthropology of Asia

    Food is an important cultural marker of identity in contemporary Asian societies, and can provide a medium for the understanding of social relations, family and kinship, class and consumption, gender ideology, and cultural symbolism. However, a truly comprehensive view of food cannot neglect the...

    Published April 15th 2009 by Routledge

  9. Love in Modern Japan

    Its Estrangement from Self, Sex and Society

    By Sonia Ryang

    Series: Anthropology of Asia

    This compelling and controversial book places the concept of love in both a social and historical context. Taking an approach in which state formation and vicissitude of power are explicitly taken into account in the discussion of intimacy and love, the author demonstrates that love as idealization...

    Published July 9th 2008 by Routledge

  10. Buddhism Observed

    Travellers, Exiles and Tibetan Dharma in Kathmandu

    By Peter Moran

    Series: Anthropology of Asia

    How do contemporary Westerners and Tibetans understand not only what it means to be 'Buddhist', but what it means to be hailed as one from 'the West' or from 'Tibet'? This anthropological study examines the encounter between Western travellers and Tibetan exiles in Bodhanath, on the outskirts of...

    Published February 26th 2004 by Routledge

Forthcoming Books

  1. Buddhism Observed: Travellers, Exiles and Tibetan Dharma in Kathmandu
    By Peter Moran
    To Be Published November 1st 2014
  2. Building Temples in China: Memories, Tourism and Identities
    By Selina Ching Chan, Graeme Lang
    To Be Published December 9th 2014

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