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Fall 2017-2018
EAS 549 / ANT 549   No Audit

Japan Anthropology in Historical Perspective

Amy B. Borovoy

The course concerns Japan studies in the context of theories of capitalism, personhood, democracy, gender, and modernity. We discuss issues of fieldwork as method and "area" as a unit of analysis. We also consider the pace of Japan in American social thought. One thematic focus is on medicine and biotechnology and their engagement with social and historical processes.

Sample reading list:
George Stocking, Race, Culture, and Evolution: Essays in the His of Anthro.
Tsipy Ivry, Embodying Culture: Pregnancy in Japan and Israel
Gabriella Lukacs, Scripted Affects of Branded Selves:
TV, Subjectivity & Capitalism in 1990's Japan
Sonia Ryong, Japan and National Anthropology
Margaret Lock, Encounters with Aging: Mythologies of Menopause in Japan

Requirements/Grading:
Papers - 50%
Oral Presentation(s) - 50%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
21337 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm M   Frist Campus Center   208   Enrolled:4 Limit:20