An Anthropologist in Japan: Glimpses of Life in the Field (Paperback)
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Short Description for An Anthropologist in Japan An insight into many elements of Japanese life, this text is the result of nine months of fieldwork and exemplifies how much of anthropological knowledge is a product of chance. It demonstrates how ethnographic fieldwork provides an understanding of linguistic and cultural difference.
- Published: 23 March 1999
- Format: Paperback 184 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780415195744 ISBN 10: 0415195748
- Sales rank: 1,278,579
Full description for An Anthropologist in Japan
An Anthropologist in Japan is a highly personal narrative which provides unique insights into many elements of Japanese life. Joy Hendry tells the story of a nine-month period of fieldwork in a Japanese seaside town. She originally set out to study politeness, but a variety of unpredicatable events occur dramatically change the direction of her research. The anthropologist has to dela with a suicide, a volcanic erruption, and the problem of her young son's friendship with the son of a powerful local gangster. This volume exemplifies how much of anthropological knowledge is a product of chance and how moments of insight can be embedded in a mass of everyday activity. The disturbing and disordered appears alongside the nea and the beautiful, and the vignettes here illuminate the education system, religious beliefs, politics, the family and the neighbourhood in modern Japan. An Anthropologist in Japan is reflexive anthropology in action. It demonstrates how ethnographic fieldwork can uniquely provide a deep understanding of lnguitica nd cultural difference.