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An anthropologist in Japan : glimpses of life in the field

Author: Joy Hendry
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 1999.
Series: ASA research methods in social anthropology (Routledge (Firm))
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Joy Hendry tells the story of a 9 month period of fieldwork in a Japanese seaside town. There to study politeness, she had to deal with a suicide, a volcanic erruption and her son's friendship with the son of a powerful local gangster.
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Joy Hendry; Joy Hendry; Joy Hendry; Joy Hendry
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Joy Hendry
ISBN: 041519573X 9780415195737 0415195748 9780415195744
OCLC Number: 39545945
Description: xiv, 167 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: pt. I. Settling in and making contacts. 1. Arrival ... and an invitation. 2. The neighbourhood: a 'world of blossom and willow'. 3. The hospital ... and a strange encounter. 4. The school ... and a fight. 5. A pilgrims' trail. 6. Shiroyama, the Satomi legend and a new look at power --
pt. II. Events to attend. 7. Wrapping the body: two local festivals. 8. The housewives' 'Club for Life'. 9. Cubs, sports and a shock. 10. Suicide, funerals and the well-wrapped gift. 11. Paper walls and flowers at the bank --
pt. III. The role of experts. 12. A foreigner at the 'Culture Festival'. 13. 'Your Japanese is psychological torture'. 14. A volcanic eruption. 15. Tennis and the 'surreal' dinner.
Series Title: ASA research methods in social anthropology (Routledge (Firm))
Responsibility: Joy Hendry.
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An insight into many elements of Japanese life, this text is the result of nine months of fieldwork and exemplifies how much of anthropological knowledge is a product of chance. It demonstrates how  Read more...

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