- Mari Nakami, In Pursuit of Composite Beauty: Yanagi Soetsu, His Aesthetics and Aspirations for Peace
- Katsunori Kondo ed., Health Inequalities in Japan: An Empirical Study of Older People
- Yayoi Saito, Reiko Abe Auestad and Kari Warness eds, Meeting the Challenges of Elder Care: Japan and Norway
- Naoki Yoshihara, Fluidity of Place: Globalization and the Transformation of Urban Space Hardcover
- Kazuo Seiyama, Liberalism: Its Achievements and Failures Paperback
- Junko Otani, Older People in Natural Disasters Hardcover
- Masami Iwata and Akihiko Nishizawa eds, Poverty and Social Welfare in Japan Paperback
- Mutsuhiko Shima ed., Status and Stratification: Cultural Forms in East ans Southeast Asia Paperback
- Koichi Hasegawa and Naoki Yoshihara eds, Globalization, Minorities and Civil Society: Perspectives from Asian and Western Cities Paperback
- Atsuko Suzuki ed., Gender and Career in Japan Paperback
| || ||Ikuya Tokoro and Kaori Kawai eds, An Anthropology of Things |
The aim of this book is to highlight the important roles that things play in our everyday lives by examining how things and humans interact. Based on ethnographical data from Asia, Africa and Oceania, we challenge the instrumentalist idea that humans alone are subjects with agency (freedom to act) while things are merely objects at their disposal. Anthropologists have, typically, viewed things through anthropocentric lenses; reducing things to social function or cultural meaning. Our approach is to shift the question from “what do things mean?” to “what do they do (cause)?” – a shift from meaning to agency. Using an interdisciplinary approach, including researchers from archaeology, ecological anthropology and primatology, as well as cultural anthropologists, and taking the broadest understanding of things, this book probes the permeable boundaries between subject and object, mind and body, and between humans and things to demonstrate that cultures and things are mutually constitutive.
| || ||Shuichi Kawai, Masakatsu Fujita and Eriko Kawai eds, Human Survivability Studies: A New Paradigm for Solving Global Issues |
‘The challenges we face today are growing conspicuously broad in scale and complex in nature’. Human Survivability Studies is a new transdisciplinary field born from the growing awareness of the urgent need to tackle the large-scale environmental and social issues at crisis point in the world today. Based at Kyoto University, the recently established Graduate School of Advanced Integrated Studies in Human Survivability is seeking to develop leaders able to challenge global problems on a number of fronts. Each of the twenty chapters in this volume, written by academics from the Graduate School, looks at critical issues facing humanity from a different perspective, discussing new ideas and scientific methods that will form the basis of human survivability. The aim here is to outline the framework behind the ideas, methodology and practice of this new scientific paradigm that incorporates knowledge from both the social and natural sciences.
| || ||Noboru Hirota, A History of Modern Chemistry |
This title was chosen for a 2017 CHOICE OATs (Outstanding Academic Titles) award.
Noboru Hirota has produced a major historical analysis of how the field of chemistry has evolved over centuries. Spanning more than eight hundred pages, this book presents an exhaustive study of the field, showing how ground-breaking discoveries were made and innovative theories were constructed, with personal portrayals and interesting anecdotes of pioneering scholars. Positioning chemistry carefully within the natural sciences, the author rejects the traditional separation of physics, chemistry and biology, defines chemistry broadly as the ‘science of atoms and molecules,’ and traces its dynamic history with an emphasis on 20th century developments and more recent findings. Professor Hirota himself has spearheaded research in physical chemistry for more than four decades in Japan and the United States, with cutting-edge engagement with magnetic resonance, spectroscopy, and photochemistry. This publication invites specialized researchers to traverse the pathways along which the subject developed into its present form and to understand how their own research fits into the broad scope of science as a whole.
| || ||Kaori Kawai ed., Institutions: The Evolution of Human Sociality |
As the sequel to Groups: The Evolution of Human Sociality (Trans Pacific Press, 2013), this book continues to present the cutting-edge studies conducted jointly by sociological primatologists and ecological anthropologists in Japan. They seek to discover the essential qualities of ‘institutions’ by tracing back to the world of apes and monkeys, where ‘natural institutions’ are formed without the medium of language. To comprehend the characteristics of contemporary institutions, the authors find it necessary to go back to the origin of the evolutionary process and then uncover the gradual development through the hunter-gathering phase to the modern era. The chapters examine institutions from a diverse range of evolutionary angles, including such topics as encounters with death, children’s games, cattle rustling and mathematical proofs, and attempt to show how the concept of institutions can be applied to these settings. This collaborative work between primatologists and anthropologists shows that the understanding of ‘pre-institutional phenomena’ in the world of non-human primates is essential to modern human institutions.
| || ||Yutaka Tani, God, Man and Domesticated Animals: The Birth of Shepherds and Their Descendants in the Ancient Near East |
This book is a fascinating exploration into how European attitudes that measure human achievements according to the extent of control over nature is a cultural and historical product of the ancient Middle Eastern and Mediterranean world. The subject matter is the emergence of domestication, the history and role of shepherds, and the Bible. The book is comprised of two parts. Drawing on fieldwork spanning more than four decades, Part I looks at the domestication process of sheep and goats and the emergence of the profession of shepherd. Here the author analyzes the intervention techniques involved in the domestication process using Foucault’s concept of ‘pastoral power’. Part II focuses on how God’s pronouncements concerning animals in the Old Testament came to take unique forms in the ancient Middle East reflecting the relationships between city-states’ ruling chiefs as large herd owners and local pastoralists as entrusted shepherds pivoting around domesticated animal life.
| || ||Kiyoko Kanki ed., Borobudur as Cultural Landscape |
Borobudur as cultural landscape is an active discussion. Since the start of the International Field School on Borobudur Cultural Landscape Heritage, Borobudur as cultural landscape – of mountains, hills, fields, villages, and rivers, including historic tangible and intangible items – has considered the role and potential of local communities and organizations in conservation and the living environment.
How can Borobudur as cultural landscape be described? How are diverse activities related? How can we contribute to sustainability? This comprehensive volume considers these questions and presents discussions by academics and local community members. It considers cultural landscape heritage – saujana heritage – and discusses the idea of ‘evolutive conservation’. It presents geographical, geological, and ecological perspectives, investigates the ancient lake that once existed, and investigates the topography and landscapes. It considers the regional planning system and describes the history and potential of local communities and organizations with a focus on tourism and development. It also examines case studies and the Borobudur Field School itself.
This book commemorates ten years of the Borobudur Field School by encouraging ongoing discussion and by searching for the next steps in evolutive conservation.
| || ||Akira Takada, Narratives on San Ethnicity: The Cultural and Ecological Foundations of Lifeworld among !Xun of North-Central Namibia Paperback |
The cultural and ecological foundations of ethnicity of the !Xun, a group of the San, provide a case study in this book for an intensive regional structural comparison of Ju societies.
Long known to Western Europe as the ‘Bushmen’, the San consist of various groups distinguished by language, locale, and practice. This book focuses on the !Xun, who have lived in north-central Namibia for centuries, and adopts a life story approach to understand the lived histories of the people. It looks at interethnic relationships and the multidimensional associations with neighboring groups, particularly the Owambo and ǂAkhoe, Akira Takada scrutinizes kinship and naming terminologies, transitions of ethnicity, the interplay between ethnicity and familial/kin relationships, and the reorganization of environmental features that effect child socialization.
This book provides a valuable research perspective in San studies and in the emerging anthropology of their life-world, and is a significant addition to the small body of anthropological studies on the !Xun.
| || ||Hiroaki Sasaki, Growth, Cycles and Distribution: A Kaleckian Approach |
This book collects Hiroaki Sasaki’s contributions to further developing the Kaleckian model of analyzing economic growth cycles and distribution. The Kaleckian model is a post-Keynesian type of growth model based on a principle of effective demand. It investigates how changes in income distribution affect microeconomic variables such as economic growth, output and employment. Although many discussions of the Kaleckian model focus on short-run economic growth, Sasaki’s main contribution is that he also considers medium and long-runs. Sasaki also introduces a variety of factors such as differentiating between profit-led and wage-led regimes and investigating how the wage gap between regular and non-regular types of employment affects economic growth. The earlier versions of the papers collected here have been previously published in esteemed academic journals such as Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, Journal of Economics, International Review of Applied Economics, and Metroeconomics.
| || ||Jiro Tanaka, The Bushmen: A Half-Century Chronicle of Transformations in Hunter-Gathering Life and Ecology |
Jiro Tanaka’s The Bushmen archives nearly fifty years of research with some of Southern Africa’s remotest groups. Forming part of the canon of Japanese ecological anthropology and area studies, Tanaka’s deep connection with his subject matter is evident through his insightful and often touching stories and reflections on a rich and challenging life work. Tanaka interweaves ethnographic materials with broader reflections on the changes that have beset Bushman groups carried by waves of global political and economic developments. While some of the characteristics of the process of transformation are specific to Bushman society, many others are shared by other indigenous and minority societies around the world. This book attempts to analyze the transformation process from this perspective and at the same time serve as a catalyst for readers to look back and question the state of our own civilization.
| || ||Toshio Kawabe, The Gidra: The Gidra: Bow-hunting and Sago Life in the Tropical Forest |
Toshio Kawabe and his colleagues periodically lived and worked among the Gidra people of the tropical wet lowland of Papua New Guinea for twenty-five years. In this book he reports on a continuing traditional hunter-gatherer-cultivator lifestyle, describes the way of life and the major subsistence activities in the diverse environment of the Gidraland, and examines the skills that have sustained the Gidra culture since the Stone Age. The Gidra live within a treasure trove of rich flora and fauna, but the decline of tropical forests has been recognized as a global environmental issue. Kawabe examines the importance of such forests as complex ecosystems and examines lessons that developed nations can learn from people who live closely within nature about how to survive environmental changes.
| || ||Kaori Kawai ed., Groups: The Evolution of Human Sociality |
This volume is the product of a collaborative project based at the Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa at the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. Researchers primarily involved in three fields -- primate sociology and ecology, ecological anthropology and socio-cultural anthropology -- came together to discuss the shape and variations of groups as sympatric entities and the evolutionary historical foundations that have led to the orientation of groups in present-day human society. To that end, the chapters in this volume turn to non-human primates for comparative purposes to consider the nature of the evolutionary historical foundations of sociality.
In place of the past objective of reconstructing the ecology and society of early humans, the works in this book instead aim to re-identify the creation and evolution of that which is social and challenge the prevailing theory of groups in socio-cultural anthropology. Specialists on research into human beings and those studying non-human primates develop the debate about groups in the context of their own areas of expertise, at times in ways that extend beyond the boundaries of their fields.
| || ||Yasuko Suzuki, Japan-Netherlands Trade, 1600-1800 Hardcover |
Relations between the Netherlands and Japan in the early modern period were founded on trade. The Dutch United East India Company operated in Japan for over 100 years, from 1609 to the early eighteenth century. The Dutch–Japanese relationship, built sometimes on understanding, and at other times resentment, is recorded in great detail in the trade-related archives of the period. This book closely examines these documents to reveal the changing market conditions of the main commodities exported by the Dutch from Japan at the time: silver, koban gold , copper and camphor. This analysis of both Dutch and Japanese perspectives on the market forms an intricate picture of the cultural, political and economic context of trade between the Netherlands and Japan in the early modern period.
| || ||The Society of Sago Palm Studies, The Sago Palm |
In order to produce sufficient quantities of food to feed the world’s growing population, we need to increase the food producing capacities of crops and to protect the environments in which they grow. Discovering untapped plant resources is an important challenge, but a haphazard increase in food production may cause environmental damage. We need good foresight and must take appropriate actions. The sago palm is a plant that might fulfill all of these requirements. The sago palm accumulates more starch than any other plant in the world, yet it continues to languish in relative obscurity in global terms. The Japan Society of Sago Palm Studies was formed in the hope of raising its profile by hosting seminars and symposiums in Japan and overseas to help it achieve the recognition it deserves. To this end, the Society’s members have worked together to produce this volume, written in an easy-to-understand style.
| || ||Yasuko Takezawa ed., Racial Representations in Asia |
Though there is no biological validity to race, it continues to play a central role in various aspects of our daily lives. What, then, generates and reinforces the reality of race, and in what ways? In order to explore these questions, this book examines racial representations from both scientific and humanistic perspectives, taking into account both historical and contemporary views. This incisive anthology is the product of an interdisciplinary collaboration among scholars whose backgrounds vary from Japan to Korea, Singapore, Germany, Israel/Iraq, and the United States. The discussion consists of studies in history, literature, sociology, cultural anthropology, and genetics, while the primary focus is on racial representations in Asia. This book elucidates issues and phenomena that have been neglected or marginalized in the literature on racial representation, and serves to broaden our understanding both in the theoretical and empirical realms. Looking at these phenomena, we realize that racism has become increasingly obscure and harder to identify and articulate, thus posing the question: are we really beyond race and heading towards a future of integration ?
| || ||Naoshi Kondo, Mitsuji Monta and Noboru Noguchi eds, Agricultural Robots: Mechanisms and Practice with CD-rom |
The history of agriculture is characterized by efforts to increase production and productivity. At the beginning of the 21st Century both public and private sector research has focused on developing ever-more sophisticated tools to address a wide-range of challenges facing the agricultural industry. An amazing array of automation technologies and robots have been developed in the process, to do everything from tilling fields to pick strawberries, from planting rice seedlings to autonomously weeding the paddies. This richly-illustrated volume surveys the results of these efforts, concisely and plainly presenting specific examples of the latest robotic mechanisms and practices for agricultural applications.
| || ||Masakazu Toi and Eric P. Winer eds, Local and Systemic Management of Primary Breast Cancers |
Preoperative therapy is used increasingly in the treatment of patients with stages II and III breast cancer. Randomized trials have demonstrated the equivalence of preoperative therapy to standard adjuvant therapy with respect to disease-free and overall survival, with a higher proportion of women undergoing conservative surgery instead of a mastectomy. There are multiple questions about the optimal integration of preoperative system therapy into breast cancer management. This comprehensive handbook on preoperative therapy provides guidance to the clinician for patient management and outlines important areas of controversy that require further research.
| || ||Junko Otani, Older People in Natural Disasters Hardcover |
The Great Hanshin Earthquake of 1995 destroyed the homes, livelihoods and communities of many elderly people. Some of the most vulnerable survivors spent up to five years in temporary shelters before settling into publicly subsidized apartments or dispersing into the general population. Public scrutiny of the post-earthquake recovery drew attention to the challenges of community generation and the loneliness, isolation and death experienced by elderly earthquake victims.
Bringing together quantitative and qualitative analysis of media discourse, public policy and ethnographic fieldwork, this book examines the long-term effects of the earthquake for elderly residents of temporary shelters and public reconstruction housing. The first study to utilize NVivo qualitative research software in a Japanese research context, this is an original contribution to natural disaster literature as well as health and welfare policy in societies that, like Japan, are undergoing rapid urbanization and population aging.
| || ||Yayoi Saito, Reiko Abe Auestad and Kari Warness eds, Meeting the Challenges of Elder Care: Japan and Norway |
Based on comparative and collaborative studies of Japanese and Norwegian specialists, the book revolves around the critical analysis of rationality of care with the empirical examination of care services in the two countries. Six researchers argue that elder care is not simply the act of labor but that of love and feelings and take up such aspects of care as home help, new public management and social enterprise. Predicated on the historical experience and contemporary reality of elderly care in both countries, the study confronts the commercial rationalization of care practices and explores their desirable forms.
| || ||Ken-ichi Abe and James E. Nickum eds, Good Earths: Regional and Historical Insights into Chinas Environment |
China encompasses a wide range of national environments and human communities. Focusing upon specific regional changes over time, this book presents empirical studies that examine the diversity of interactions between peoples and their environments in China. Good Earths is organized around the themes of land, trees, water and grasses, as scholars from China and beyond assess particular regional environmental issues, drawing upon both contemporary and historical sources.
| || ||Hideshi Ogawa, Wily Monkeys: Social Intelligence of Tibetan Macaques Hardcover |
This book introduces the social behavior of Tibetan monkeys Tibetan macaques at Mt. Huangshan in China. Like other macaques, they live in multiple female and male groups with female philopatry and male dispersal. Unlike most other macaques, however, male Tibetan monkeys carry an infant to another male, hold up the infant, and suck the infant s penis together. Males show their penises to other males and suck the penises of other males. In antagonistic interactions, females form a coalition with unrelated females as well as with their mother and daughters. At night, they huddle and sleep on the ledge of a steep cliff.
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