E400 | 0425 | Sterling

"The Anthropology of Contemporary Japan" frames in anthropological
perspective the history, state and future of contemporary Japanese culture
and society. The course will incorporate anthropological work on
present-day Japanese attitudes toward gender and education; domestic and
regional constructions of ethnic and national identity; and the
wide-ranging impact of Japans economic decline on attitudes towards work,
play, consumption, travel, and residence overseas. In addition to
providing a basic cultural and historical orientation toward "traditional"
cultural production in Japan, the course will investigate the domestic
effects of the transnationalization of such Japanese cultural forms as
manga (comic books), fashion, animation, sports and cuisine, as well as
investigate Japan's popular engagements with a range of foreign cultures.