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The Anthropology of Contemporary Japan" frames the history, present and future of Japanese society in anthropological perspective. It explores anthropological research on Japanese ethnic and national identity; gender and education; and the wide-ranging impact of Japan’s economic decline on attitudes towards work, play, consumption, and travel overseas. The course is divided into two main sections. The first considers “traditional” Japanese society as a context for the second, and focal, section of the course on contemporary Japan. Traditional cultural production is examined, for instance, as one context for investigating such contemporary popular cultural forms as comic books, fashion, animation, sports and cuisine. The course explores the social, economic and political terms under which these cultural forms have spread globally, particularly to the United States, as well as Japan's engagements with foreign culture in the U.S. and other regions. “The Anthropology of Contemporary Japan” considers in similar terms both the immediate and the potential long-term effects of the earthquake and tsunami that struck the country on March 11, 2011, and of the ensuing nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Facility.
Is globalisation the Western cultural imperialism
This seminar will introduce students to research methods, with an emphasis on qualitative methodologies and ethnography. We will consider the multiple stages of designing and carrying out research: defining a field site, formulating a research question, choosing appropriate methodologies, navigating fieldwork, and analyzing and writing up data. We will also discuss ethics of field research, and ways to share research results both with your fieldwork communities and with the broader public.
Do you feel like a punk? Do you wonder what an ‘ethical slut’ is? Are hallucinogens illegal because they open the mind and somebody prefers to leave it closed? In short: Are you interested in the subversive culture that surrounds Sex, Drugs, and Rock-n-Roll? If so, you should take this course. In it we try to answer these and other provocative questions by proposing to take them on as legitimate academic inquiry. First, we introduce ourselves to various theoretical perspectives that shed light on the reasons for and inherent contradictions within forms of cultural expression and social practice that claim to be subversive but often run the risk of “selling out.” Second, we divide the remainder of the course into three broad sections - (1) Sex (2) Drugs and (3) Rock-n-Roll – in order to examine in detail particular kinds of subversive subcultures in their cultural and historical context. This includes various edgy rock subcultures like punk, extreme metal, rave, and goth. It also includes expressive subcultures that grow up around illicit substances (i.e. club cultures/hallucinogenic subcultures) and anti-normative sexual practices like modern polygamy/polyamory, homosexuality, alternatives to mainstream pornography, and BDSM.