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Title:
An anthropologist in Japan : glimpses of life in the field
Author:
Hendry, Joy.
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Publication Information:
London ; New York : Routledge, 1999.
Physical Description:
xiv, 167 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780415195737

9780415195744
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Book

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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.


Summary

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.


Table of Contents

List of illustrationsp. vii
Prefacep. viii
Part I Settling in and making contactsp. 1
1 Arrival...and an invitationp. 3
2 The neighbourhood: a 'world of blossom and willow'p. 9
3 The hospital...and a strange encounterp. 16
4 The school...and a fightp. 23
5 A pilgrims' trailp. 30
6 Shiroyama, the Satomi legend and a new look at powerp. 36
Part II Events to attendp. 43
7 Wrapping the body: two local festivalsp. 45
8 The housewives' 'Club for Life'p. 53
9 Cubs, sports and a shockp. 60
10 Suicide, funerals and the well-wrapped giftp. 67
11 Paper walls and flowers at the bankp. 73
Part III The role of expertsp. 81
12 A foreigner at the 'Culture Festival'p. 83
13 'Your Japanese is psychological torture'p. 91
14 A volcanic eruptionp. 98
15 Tennis and the 'surreal' dinnerp. 103
16 Concerts, cakes and spiritual communicationp. 110
Part IV Building a framework for analysisp. 119
17 New Year: shrine, mochi and a tea ceremonyp. 121
18 Valentine's Day, and the 6th years pick on Hamishp. 129
19 The gang-leader's wifep. 135
20 Unwrapping the argumentp. 141
21 An artistic farewellp. 148
Afterwordp. 154
Indexp. 156
List of illustrationsp. vii
Prefacep. viii
Part I Settling in and making contactsp. 1
1 Arrival...and an invitationp. 3
2 The neighbourhood: a 'world of blossom and willow'p. 9
3 The hospital...and a strange encounterp. 16
4 The school...and a fightp. 23
5 A pilgrims' trailp. 30
6 Shiroyama, the Satomi legend and a new look at powerp. 36
Part II Events to attendp. 43
7 Wrapping the body: two local festivalsp. 45
8 The housewives' 'Club for Life'p. 53
9 Cubs, sports and a shockp. 60
10 Suicide, funerals and the well-wrapped giftp. 67
11 Paper walls and flowers at the bankp. 73
Part III The role of expertsp. 81
12 A foreigner at the 'Culture Festival'p. 83
13 'Your Japanese is psychological torture'p. 91
14 A volcanic eruptionp. 98
15 Tennis and the 'surreal' dinnerp. 103
16 Concerts, cakes and spiritual communicationp. 110
Part IV Building a framework for analysisp. 119
17 New Year: shrine, mochi and a tea ceremonyp. 121
18 Valentine's Day, and the 6th years pick on Hamishp. 129
19 The gang-leader's wifep. 135
20 Unwrapping the argumentp. 141
21 An artistic farewellp. 148
Afterwordp. 154
Indexp. 156

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