A Companion to the Anthropology of Japan

A Companion to the Anthropology of Japan

Editor(s): Jennifer Robertson

Published Online: 29 NOV 2007

Print ISBN: 9780631229551

Online ISBN: 9780470996966

DOI: 10.1002/9780470996966

About this Book

This book is an unprecedented collection of 29 original essays by some of the world's most distinguished scholars of Japan.


  • Covers a broad range of issues, including the colonial roots of anthropology in the Japanese academy; eugenics and nation building; majority and minority cultures; genders and sexualities; and fashion and food cultures
  • Resists stale and misleading stereotypes, by presenting new perspectives on Japanese culture and society
  • Makes Japanese society accessible to readers unfamiliar with the country

Table of contents

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  1. Part I: Introduction

  2. Part II: Cultures, Histories, and Identities

  3. Part III: Geographies and Boundaries, Spaces and Sentiments

  4. Part IV: Socialization, Assimilation, and Identification

  5. Part V: Body, Blood, Self, and Nation

  6. Part VI: Religion and Science, Beliefs and Bioethics

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