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Biographical methods and professional practice : An international perspective - Prue Chamberlayne

Biographical methods and professional practice

An international perspective

By: Prue Chamberlayne (Editor), Joanna Bornat (Editor), Ursula Apitzsch (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 10th March 2004
ISBN: 9781861344939
Number Of Pages: 352

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By any measure, Japan's modern empire was formidable. The only major non-western colonial power in the 20th century, Japan controlled a vast area of Asia and numerous archipelagos in the Pacific Ocean. The massive extraction of resources and extensive cultural assimilation policies radically impacted the lives of millions of Asians and Micronesians, and the political, economic, and cultural ramifications of this era are still felt today.

The Japanese empire lasted from 1869-1945. During this time, how was the Japanese imperial project understood, imagined, and lived? Reading Colonial Japan is a unique anthology that aims to deepen knowledge of Japanese colonialism(s) by providing an eclectic selection of translated Japanese primary sources and analytical essays that illuminate Japan's many and varied colonial projects. The primary documents highlight how central cultural production and dissemination were to the colonial effort, while accentuating the myriad ways colonialism permeated every facet of life. The variety of genres the explored includes legal documents, children's literature, cookbooks, serialized comics, and literary texts by well-known authors of the time. These cultural works, produced by a broad spectrum of "ordinary" Japanese citizens (a housewife in Manchuria, settlers in Korea, manga artists and fiction writers in mainland Japan, and so on), functioned effectively to reinforce the official policies that controlled and violated the lives of the colonized throughout Japan's empire.

By making available and analyzing a wide-range of sources that represent "media" during the Japanese colonial period, Reading Colonial Japan draws attention to the powerful role that language and imagination played in producing the material realities of Japanese colonialism.

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"By now, the 'biographical turn' in the social sciences is widely acknowledged but its impact in the main has been upon academics rather than professional practitioners. Biographical methods and professional practice makes an important and worthwhile contribution by demonstrating that the biographical perspective can be focused fruitfully upon applied, social policy issues both for research and for practice in the field." Robert Miller, Department of Sociology and Social Policy, Queen's University, Belfast

Notes on contributorsp. v
Introductionp. 1
Putting the subject into policy and practicep. 17
Biographical methods and social policy in European perspectivep. 19
Balancing precarious work, entrepreneurship and a new gendered professionalism in migrant self-employmentp. 39
Considerations on the biographical embeddedness of ethnic entrepreneurshipp. 57
Ethnic entrepreneurship as innovationp. 73
Subjectivity in contextp. 91
The social subject in biographical interpretive methods: emotional, mute, creative, dividedp. 93
A socially and historically contextualised psychoanalytic perspective: Holocaust survival and sufferingp. 101
Professional choices between private and state positions in Russia's transformationp. 115
Maintaining a sense of individual autonomy under conditions of constraint: a study of East German managersp. 131
Self-awareness in research and practicep. 147
Biographical reflections on the problem of changing violent menp. 149
The biographical turn in health studiesp. 165
Ethical aspects of biographical interviewing and analysisp. 181
Ghost writers: using biographical methods across languagesp. 193
Recognising trajectories of disempowermentp. 203
'Bucking and kicking': race, gender and embodied resistance in healthcarep. 205
Biography as empowering practice: lessons from researchp. 221
'It's in the way that you use it': biography as a tool in professional social workp. 237
Interpreting the needs of homeless men: interviewing in contextp. 251
Biographical resources in education and trainingp. 263
In quest of teachers' professional identity: the life story as a methodological toolp. 265
Narratives, community organisations and pedagogyp. 285
Doctors on an edge: a cultural psychology of learning and healthp. 299
Intercultural perspectives and professional practice in the university: what's new in Germanyp. 313
Indexp. 331
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ISBN: 9781861344939
ISBN-10: 1861344937
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 10th March 2004
Publisher: Policy Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.66