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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 volume begin with the appropriate premise that anthropologies in different Asian countries have developed and continue to develop according to their own internal dynamics. With chapters written by an international group of experts in the field, Asian Anthropology will be a useful teaching tool and a valuable resource for scholars working in Asian anthropology.
Notes on Contributors Acknowledgments Introduction 1. Asian Anthropologies and Anthropologies in Asia: An Introductory EssayAsia 2. Indigenous and Indigenized Anthropology in Asia East Asia 3. Beyond Orthodoxy: Social and Cultural Anthropology in the People's Republic in China 4. Anthropologists of Asia, Anthropologists in Asia: The Academic Mode of Production in the Semi-Periphery 5.Native Discourse in the "Academic World System": Kunio Yanagita’s Project of Global Folkloristics Reconsidered 6. Korean Anthropology: A Search for New Paradigms South Asia 7. "Indigenizing" Anthropology in India: Problematics of Negotiating an Identity 8. An Indian Anthropology? What Kind of Object is It? South-East Asia 9. From Volkenkunde to Antropologi. The Emergence of Indonesian Anthropology in Post War Indonesia 10. Anthropology and the Nation State - Applied Anthropology in Indonesia Afterword 11. Indigenization: Features and Problems Index
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.