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An anthropologist in Japan

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This edition published in by Routledge in London, . New York.

Written in English

167 pages

An Anthropologist in Japan is a highly personal narrative which draws the reader into a fascinating cross-section of Japanese life. Joy Hendry relates her experiences during a nine-month period of fieldwork in a Japanese seaside town. 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 powerful local gangster, begin to alter the direction of her research. This volume exemplifies the role of chance in the acquisition of anthropological knowledge and demonstrates how moments of insight can be embedded in a mass of everyday activity. The disturbing and disordered appears alongside the neat and the beautiful, and the vignettes here illuminate the education system, religious beliefs, politics, the family and the neighbourhood in modern Japan. An Anthropologist in Japan is reflexive anthropology in action. It demonstrates how ethnographic fieldwork can uniquely provide a deep understanding of linguistic and cultural difference.

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An Anthropologist in Japan is a highly personal narrative which draws the reader into a fascinating cross-section of Japanese life. Joy Hendry relates her experiences during a nine-month period of fieldwork in a Japanese seaside town. 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 powerful local gangster, begin to alter the direction of her research. This volume exemplifies the role of chance in the acquisition of anthropological knowledge and demonstrates how moments of insight can be embedded in a mass of everyday activity. The disturbing and disordered appears alongside the neat and the beautiful, and the vignettes here illuminate the education system, religious beliefs, politics, the family and the neighbourhood in modern Japan. An Anthropologist in Japan is reflexive anthropology in action. It demonstrates how ethnographic fieldwork can uniquely provide a deep understanding of linguistic and cultural difference.

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Library of Congress GN635.J2 H45 1999
Dewey 306/.0952

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 155) and index.

Series
ASA research methods in social anthropology, ASA research methods in social anthropology (Routledge (Firm))

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
306/.0952
Library of Congress
GN635.J2 H45 1999

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Open Library
OL373412M
Internet Archive
anthropologistja00hend
ISBN 10
041519573X, 0415195748
LC Control Number
98035095
Library Thing
577106
Goodreads
687134
131968

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