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Japanese Whaling?

End of an Era, 1st Edition

By Arne Kalland, Brian Moeran


246 pages

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This book gives a social anthropological account of whaling culture in Japan. When originally published this was the first comprehensive account in English of the history of Japanese whaling, showing how it has given rise to a particular culture. The volume discusses what happens when that culture is threatened. At the same time as explaining the work organization of those involved in whaling, the role of whaling companies in local and national economies, and the role of the whale in the establishment and maintenance of local community identity (ritual, food, gift-giving), the authors address the wider political and so-called "environmental" issues surrounding whaling in general, and Japanese whaling in particular.

Table of Contents

1. Whales, Whaling and Japan 2. Japanese Whaling Communities 3. Portraits 4. The History of Japanese Whaling 5. Work Organization of Whaling 6. Recruitment and Career Patterns 7. Local Whaling Culture 8. Whaling Culture and Whaling Companies 9. The Impacts of the Moratorium Appendices. Bibliography, Index.

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Japan

Routledge Library Editions: Japan brings together a century's worth of publishing and provides a comprehensive collection of volumes which chart the literature, history, economics, politics & sociology of this fascinating country.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies