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Rice as Self : Japanese Identities through Time - Emiko Ohnuki-Tierney

Rice as Self

Japanese Identities through Time

Paperback Published: 4th December 1994
ISBN: 9780691021102
Number Of Pages: 200

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Are we what we eat? What does food reveal about how we live and how we think of ourselves in relation to others? Why do people have a strong attachment to their own cuisine and an aversion to the foodways of others? In this engaging account of the crucial significance rice has for the Japanese, "Rice as Self" examines how people use the metaphor of a principal food in conceptualizing themselves in relation to other peoples. Emiko Ohnuki-Tierney traces the changing contours that the Japanese notion of the self has taken as different historical Others--whether Chinese or Westerner--have emerged, and shows how rice and rice paddies have served as the vehicle for this deliberation. Using Japan as an example, she proposes a new cross-cultural model for the interpretation of the self and other.

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Honorable Mention for the 1993 Award for Best Professional/Scholarly Book in Sociology and Anthropology, Association of American Publishers "As in [Ohnuki-Tierney's] Monkey as Mirror, where she follows her metaphor deep into the prejudices of Japanese society, so she here finds that rice has been given a major role in historical formulation of the idea of self... Beautifully, even elegantly, presented... An important volume which traces this chosen means of identity and makes understandable the various anomalies that it would seem to have occasioned."--Donald Richie, The Japan Times "An important and timely book on the Japanese sense of self and the link to the sacredness of rice agriculture."--Drew Gerstle, The Times Higher Education Supplement

*Frontmatter, pg. i*Contents, pg. vii*Acknowledgments, pg. ix*A Note to the Reader, pg. xii*One. Food as a Metaphor of Self: An Exercise in Historical Anthropology, pg. 1*Two. Rice and Rice Agriculture Today, pg. 12*Three. Rice as a Staple Food?, pg. 30*Four. Rice in Cosmogony and Cosmology CLEARLY,, pg. 44*Five. Rice as Wealth, Power, and Aesthetics, pg. 63*Six. Rice as Self, Rice Paddies as Our Land, pg. 81*Seven. Rice in the Discourse of Selves and Others, pg. 99*Eight. Foods as Selves and Others in Cross-cultural Perspective, pg. 114*Nine. Symbolic Practice through Time: Self, Ethnicity, and Nationalism, pg. 127*Notes, pg. 137*References Cited, pg. 149*Index, pg. 171

ISBN: 9780691021102
ISBN-10: 0691021104
Series: Princeton Paperbacks
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: 4th December 1994
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.3