By Jennifer Robertson
This publication is an extraordinary choice of 29 unique essays via the various world’s so much special students of Japan.
- Covers a large variety of concerns, together with the colonial roots of anthropology within the jap academy; eugenics and country construction; majority and minority cultures; genders and sexualities; and type and nutrition cultures
- Resists stale and deceptive stereotypes, by way of featuring new views on jap tradition and society
- Makes jap society available to readers unexpected with the country
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They collected the songs of Korean shamans and published them in their jointly authored book, Cho¯sen fu ¯zoku no kenkyu ¯ (The Study of Korean Shamanism), which included the original verses in Korean together with their Japanese translations (Akamatsu and Akiba 1937–38). Their co-authored study, Manmo¯ no shakai to bunka (Ethnicity and Society in Manchuria and Mongolia) (Akamatsu and Akiba 1941), was an in-depth research report on the religion and society of the minority people of T H E I M P E R I A L PA S T O F A N T H R O P O L O G Y 23 northeastern China.
Bellah, Robert. 1957. Tokugawa Religion: The Values of Pre-Industrial Japan. Glencoe, NY: The Free Press. Benedict, Ruth. 1946. The Chrysanthemum and the Sword: Patterns of Japanese Culture. Cambridge, MA: Houghton Mifflin. Bennett, John. 1970. Some Observations on Western Anthropological Research on Japan. In The Study of Japan in the Behavioral Sciences. Edward Norbeck and Susan Parman, eds. pp. 11–27. Rice University Studies 56. Bennett, John, and Michio Nagai. 1953. The Japanese Critique of the Methodology of Benedict’s The Chrysanthemum and the Sword.
This practical knowledge, moreover, is crucial if an ethnographer is to avoid the reifications and spurious homogeneity that ideal typologizing . . can promote (Robertson 1994 :2). So, for example, instead of (or, at the very least, in addition to) clamping a ‘‘Freudian’’ interpretive framework onto current Japanese sexual and gendered practices, one might fruitfully look at the history of sexology in Japan, or at the history of Freudian theory in Japan, and its adaptations, transformations, and critiques there as well as in Europe and the United States.