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Interpreting Japanese Society : Anthropological Approaches - Joy Hendry

Interpreting Japanese Society

Anthropological Approaches

By: Joy Hendry (Editor), Jonathan Webber (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 5th June 1998
ISBN: 9780415172677
Number Of Pages: 312

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This updated and revitalized edition of a classic work demonstrates the depth and quality of an anthropoligical approach to the study of the Japanese people. It also shows the important contribution research in such a rapidly changing industrialized nation can make to the subject of anthropology. The contributors to this edition have all spent long periods living and working in Japan and they cover areas such as religion, ritual, leisure, family and social relations. Many of the chapters examine local perceptions of time and space, thus offering invaluable keys to understanding and interpreting indigenous ways of thinking not easily accessible to outsiders with more superficial experience. New topics for this edition include an original interpretation of the sinister Aum Sinrikyo, a Japanese view of Western philosophy, an account of hi-tech computerised healers, and an explanation of ghost marriages.

Foreword to Second Editionp. xiii
Acknowledgementsp. xv
Note on the Textp. xvii
Introductionp. 1
Time, Space and Models of Actionp. 13
Time in the Japanese Ritual Yearp. 15
Referencesp. 29
Spatial Characterization of Human Temporality in the Ryukyusp. 31
The Pythagorean View of Time and Space in Japanp. 42
The Question of Spacep. 57
Referencesp. 67
Contested Identities and Models of Action in Japanese Discourses of Place-Makingp. 68
Kinship and Social Relations: Perceptions and Practicep. 89
Time, Space and Person in Japanese Relationshipsp. 91
Is the Ie Disappearing in Rural Japan?p. 117
Death Rites in Japan in the Twentieth Centuryp. 131
A Child in Timep. 145
Religion, Science and Cosmologyp. 165
Gods, Ancestors and Mediatorsp. 167
The Importance of the Left Hand in Two Types of Ritual Activity in Japanese Villagesp. 182
Notesp. 193
'years of Calamity'p. 194
Redefining Kuzakip. 213
Science and Religious Movements in Japanp. 222
Leisure: Its Impact and Significancep. 229
Sakaribap. 231
Referencesp. 241
One Over the Sevenp. 243
Referencesp. 258
7p. 259
Referencesp. 280
Name Indexp. 282
Subject Indexp. 286
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ISBN: 9780415172677
ISBN-10: 0415172675
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 312
Published: 5th June 1998
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition