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By Jennifer Robertson

This e-book is an remarkable number of 29 unique essays by means of a number of the world’s so much distinctive students of Japan.

  • Covers a wide diversity of concerns, together with the colonial roots of anthropology within the jap academy; eugenics and state construction; majority and minority cultures; genders and sexualities; and style and meals cultures
  • Resists stale and deceptive stereotypes, via providing new views on eastern tradition and society
  • Makes eastern society obtainable to readers surprising with the country

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Essays address the relationship between Japanese imperialism and colonialism and the development of anthropology in Japan (Katsumi Nakao); archaeology, ideology and the management of cultural properties (Walter Edwards); the ubiquity, in feminist and other texts, of timelines as a mode of history-making (Tomomi Yamaguchi); the construction and reproduction of majority culture (Roger Goodman); the formation and transformations of ‘‘insider’’ and ‘‘outsider’’ minorities (Joshua Hotaka Roth and Sonia Ryang); vicissitudes of class and status (Glenda Roberts); myths and realities of corporate culture (Tomoko Hamada); the sartorial fashioning of cultural identity (Ofra Goldstein-Gidoni); and the influence of nexuses of sex, gender, and sexualities on both Japan anthropology and Japanese national identity (Sabine Fru¨hstu¨ck).

Like his German counterparts, he synthesized physical anthropology, archaeology, ancient history, and ethnographic studies. Hasebe eventually developed a special anthropology course in the science department. The course, which was first offered in April 1938, was designed to train specialists in anthropology for state-sponsored research on the ethnic minorities living in Japan’s colonies, particularly Manchuria, Mongolia, and Siberia (Terada 1981:256–257). When a department of anthropology was created at Tokyo Imperial University in April 1939, Hasebe was put in charge of the general theory of anthropology, somatology, and osteology, Suda was appointed to head ethnography, and Yahata Ichiro¯ was assigned to teach prehistory.

Sharpe. Nisbet, R. 1977. Sociology as an Art Form. London: Oxford University Press. Ohnuki-Tierney, Emiko. 1994. Brain Death and Organ Transplantation: Cultural Bases of Medical Technology. Current Anthropology 35(3):233–254. Robertson, Jennifer. 1994 [1991]. Native and Newcomer: Making and Remaking a Japanese City. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press. —— 1997. Empire of Nostalgia: Rethinking Internationalization in Japan Today. Theory, Culture and Society 14(4):97–122. —— 1998.

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