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An anthropologist in Japan : glimpses of life in the field

Author: Joy Hendry
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 1999.
Series: The ASA Research Methods.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : English
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In this highly personal account Joy Hendry relates her experiences of fieldwork in a Japanese town and reveals a fascinating cross-section of Japanese life. She sets out on a study of politeness but a variety of unpredictable events including a volcanic eruption, a suicide and her son's involvement with the family of a poweful local gangster, begin to alter the direction of her research. The book demonstrates the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biography
Named Person: Joy Hendry; Joy Hendry
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Joy Hendry
ISBN: 1134645236 9781134645237 1280332972 9781280332975 0203019814 9780203019818 0203159179 9780203159170 9781134645183 113464518X 9781134645220 1134645228 9780415195737 041519573X 9780415195744 0415195748
OCLC Number: 1109258964
Language Note: English.
Notes: Description based upon print version of record.
Description: 1 online resource (183 p.).
Contents: Book Cover; Title; Contents; List of illustrations; Preface; Settling in and making contacts; Arrivaland an invitation; The neighbourhood: a 'world of blossom and willow'; The hospitaland a strange encounter; The schooland a fight; A pilgrims' trail; Shiroyama, the Satomi legend and a new look at power; Events to attend; Wrapping the body: two local festivals; The housewives' 'Club for Life'; Cubs, sports and a shock; Suicide, funerals and the well-wrapped gift; Paper walls and flowers at the bank; The role of experts; A foreigner at the 'Culture Festival' 'Your Japanese is psychological torture'A volcanic eruption; Tennis and the 'surreal' dinner; Concerts, cakes and spiritual communication; Building a framework for analysis; New Year: shrine, mochi and a tea ceremony; Valentine's Day, and the 6th years pick on Hamish; The gang-leader's wife; Unwrapping the argument; An artistic farewell; Afterword; Index
Series Title: The ASA Research Methods.
Other Titles: ASA Research Methods
Anthropologist in Japan, An
Responsibility: Joy Hendry.

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In this highly personal account Joy Hendry relates her experiences of fieldwork in a Japanese town and reveals a fascinating cross-section of Japanese life. She sets out on a study of politeness but a variety of unpredictable events including a volcanic eruption, a suicide and her son's involvement with the family of a poweful local gangster, begin to alter the direction of her research. The book demonstrates the role of chance in the acquisition of anthropological knowledge and demonstrates how moments of insight can be embedded in everyday activity. An Anthropologist in Japan illumi.

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