ANS 302J • Introduction to Japan
10:00 AM-11:00 AM
This course examines various sociocultural issues related to premodern and modern Japan, including family and kinship, religion, language, customs and lifestyles, political economy, education, as well as arts and performances. In doing so, it will introduce students to interpretive models and approaches in the anthropological studies of Japan. The main goal of this course is to provide students with tools to analyze Japanese social organization and cultural identity. Students will also critically examine a way in which Japanese culture and society are represented by researchers in the English-speaking world vis-a-vis at home.
John Dower, Japanese History and Culture: From Ancient to Modern Times Joy Hendry, Understanding Japanese Society. 2nd Ed. William Lebra and Takie Lebra (eds.), Japanese Culture and Behavior Daniel Okimoto and Thomas Rohlen (eds.), Inside the Japanese System: Readings in Contemporary Society and Political Economy