Anthropology | Anth of Contemporary Japan
E400 | 24925 | Sterling


"The Anthropology of Contemporary Japan" frames in anthropological
perspective the history, state and future of contemporary Japanese
culture and society. The course incorporates anthropological research
on present-day Japanese attitudes toward ethnic and national identity;
gender and education; and the wide-ranging impact of Japanís economic
decline on attitudes towards work, play, consumption, travel, and
residence overseas. "Traditional" cultural production is examined as
one context for exploring such popular cultural forms as manga (comic
books), fashion, animation, sports and cuisine.  The course also
considers the social, economic and political terms under which these
cultural forms have been globally disseminated, particularly to East
Asia and the United States, as well as Japan's engagements with
foreign culture in both regions and beyond.