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Japan Anthropology Workshop Series


About the Series

Editorial Board:
Pamela Asquith, University of Alberta
Eyal Ben Ari, Kinneret Academic College, Sea of Galilee, Israel

Hirochika Nakamaki, Suita City Museum, Japan
Christoph Brumann, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle, Germany

Henry Johnson, University of Otago, New Zealand

Founder Member of the Editorial Board:
Jan van Bremen, University of Leiden

Routledge is very proud to be publishing this important series, which has already signed up a good list of high quality books on interesting topics, and has a truly international range of authors and editors.

A key aim of the series is to present studies that offer a deep understanding of aspects of Japanese society and culture to offset the impression of constant change and frivolity that so tempts the mass media around the world.  Living in Japan brings anyone into contact with the fervent mood of change, and former residents from many other countries enjoy reading about their temporary home, but there is a demand also to penetrate less obvious elements of this temporary life.  Anthropologists specialise in digging beneath the surface, in peeling off and examining layers of cultural wrapping, and in gaining an understanding of language and communication that goes beyond formal presentation and informal frolicking.  This series will help to open the eyes of readers around the world from many backgrounds to the work of these diligent anthropologists researching the social life of Japan.

Submissions from prospective authors are welcomed, and enquiries should be sent in the first instance to the series editor Professor Joy Hendry ([email protected]).

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Global Coffee and Cultural Change in Modern Japan

Global Coffee and Cultural Change in Modern Japan

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Helena Grinshpun
October 16, 2020

This book explores the impact in Japan of the rise of global coffee chains and the associated coffee culture. Based on extensive original research, the book discusses the cultural context of Japan, where tea-drinking has been culturally important, reports on the emergence of the new coffee shop...

Women Managers in Neoliberal Japan: Gender, Precarious Labour and Everyday Lives

Women Managers in Neoliberal Japan: Gender, Precarious Labour and Everyday Lives

1st Edition

Swee-Lin Ho
February 14, 2020

This book, based on extensive original research, presents a detailed analysis of the varying opportunities and challenges experienced by Japanese women with professional careers, an important category of the population in Japan, whose lives remain little known. It addresses many key issues,...

Religion in Japanese Daily Life

Religion in Japanese Daily Life

1st Edition

David C. Lewis
December 12, 2019

Are Japanese people religious – and, if so, in what ways? David Lewis addresses this question from the perspective of ordinary Japanese people in the context of their life cycles, and explores why they engage in religious activities. He not only discusses how Japanese people engage in different...

Escaping Japan: Reflections on Estrangement and Exile in the Twenty-First Century

Escaping Japan: Reflections on Estrangement and Exile in the Twenty-First Century

1st Edition

Blai Guarné, Paul Hansen
December 12, 2019

The idea that Japan is a socially homogenous, uniform society has been increasingly challenged in recent years. This book takes the resulting view further by highlighting how Japan, far from singular or monolithic, is socially and culturally complex. It engages with particular life situations,...

Happiness and the Good Life in Japan

Happiness and the Good Life in Japan

1st Edition

Wolfram Manzenreiter, Barbara Holthus
January 03, 2019

Contemporary Japan is in a state of transition, caused by the forces of globalization that are derailing its ailing economy, stalemating the political establishment and generating alternative lifestyles and possibilities of the self. Amongst this nascent change, Japanese society is confronted with...

The Japanese Family: Touch, Intimacy and Feeling

The Japanese Family: Touch, Intimacy and Feeling

1st Edition

Diana Adis Tahhan
May 10, 2017

This book explores how the relationship between child and parent develops in Japan, from the earliest point in a child’s life, through the transition from family to the wider world, first to playschools and then schools. It shows how touch and physical contact are important for engendering intimacy...

Japan's Ainu Minority in Tokyo: Diasporic Indigeneity and Urban Politics

Japan's Ainu Minority in Tokyo: Diasporic Indigeneity and Urban Politics

1st Edition

Mark K. Watson
August 26, 2016

This book is about the Ainu, the indigenous people of Japan, living in and around Tokyo; it is, therefore, about what has been pushed to the margins of history. Customarily, anthropologists and public officials have represented Ainu issues and political affairs as limited to rural pockets of...

Japanese Tree Burial: Ecology, Kinship and the Culture of Death

Japanese Tree Burial: Ecology, Kinship and the Culture of Death

1st Edition

Sébastien Penmellen Boret
July 20, 2016

Tree burial, a new form of disposal for the cremated remains of the dead, was created in 1999 by Chisaka Genpo, the head priest of a Zen Buddhist temple in northern Japan. Instead of a conventional family gravestone, perpetuating the continuity of a household and its identity, tree burial uses vast...

Ascetic Practices in Japanese Religion

Ascetic Practices in Japanese Religion

1st Edition

Tullio Federico Lobetti
January 21, 2016

Ascetic practices are a common feature of religion in Japan, practiced by different religious traditions. This book looks at these ascetic practices in an inter-sectarian and inter-doctrinal fashion, in order to highlight the underlying themes common to all forms of asceticism. It does so by...

The First European Description of Japan, 1585: A Critical English-Language Edition of Striking Contrasts in the Customs of Europe and Japan by Luis Frois, S.J.

The First European Description of Japan, 1585: A Critical English-Language Edition of Striking Contrasts in the Customs of Europe and Japan by Luis Frois, S.J.

1st Edition

Luis Frois SJ, Daniel T. Reff, Richard Danford
December 09, 2015

In 1585, at the height of Jesuit missionary activity in Japan, which was begun by Francis Xavier in 1549, Luis Frois, a long-time missionary in Japan, drafted the earliest systematic comparison of Western and Japanese cultures. This book constitutes the first critical English-language edition of...

Disability in Japan

Disability in Japan

1st Edition

Carolyn S. Stevens
July 23, 2015

Disability and chronic illness represents a special kind of cultural diversity, the "other" to "normal" able-bodiedness. Most studies of disability consider disability in North American or European contexts; and studies of diversity in Japan consider ethnic and cultural diversity, but not the...

Language, Education and Citizenship in Japan

Language, Education and Citizenship in Japan

1st Edition

Genaro Castro-Vázquez
August 15, 2014

Based on extensive original research, this book explores the early educational experiences of foreign children in Japan. It considers foreign children’s experiences of Japanese schools, examines the special tutoring such children often have to improve their language proficiency, and explores the...

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