Japanese Culture in Words and Images

Anno/Year 2019
198 pagine/pages
98 illustrazioni/illustrations.
15x21 cm.
ISBN 978-88-3384-032-1

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E.L. Cerroni-Long

Japanese Culture in Words and Images

As the first example of “dialogic cultural anthropology”—integrating native and nonnative research—applied to the study of Japan, this book offers a unique perspective on a unique culture. By taking the reader through the entire process of research, from initial encounter to panoramic overview, and thus from culture shock to culture capture, the author discloses how anthropologists think, and what makes anthropology the most scientific of the humanities and the most humanistic of the sciences.
The writing is engaging and inclusive, and the images truly complement the words, rather than simply illustrating them. Because of this the book may be enjoyed at many different levels, and will provide unexpected insights. No knowledge of Japan or of anthropology are necessary in order to learn from this book, and readers are gently guided toward discovering how cultural patterns connect to form the fabric of a culture. This in turn aims at stimulating the process of self-reflection that can strengthen so effectively a sense of identity and the appreciation of cultural heritage.
While the book’s main objective is to add to the scholarship of Japan in a new way, the author also wants to stimulate every reader’s “cultural reflexivity”—the ability to identify and understand one’s own cultural background—a skill that seems to be increasingly necessary in today’s world.

E.L. (Liza) Cerroni-Long is a cultural anthropologist—academically trained in her native Italy, Japan, and the US—whose major research interests include anthropological theory and methods, ethnicity, museum studies, and cross-cultural pedagogy.
She has done field research in Asia, Europe, and the Americas, and she has taught in Italy, Japan, Austria, Slovenia, Canada, and China, but her major ethnographic areas of expertise remain Japan and the USA. In 1987 she joined Eastern Michigan University (EMU), where she is a senior professor of anthropology, and where she established and coordinates the Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate Program in Cultural Museum Studies (CMS).
Since 1995 Dr. Cerroni-Long has been engaged in the cross-cultural study of multicultural education, for which she served as UNESCO consultant. She founded and directed EMU’s Diversity in the Curriculum Program, and she is the Founding Chair of COER, the Commission on Ethnic Relations of the IUAES, the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences.
Since 2005 she is a Fellow of the International Institute for Humankind Studies (IIHS), and since 2010 she serves as Director of CRC, the IIHS affiliated Cross-Cultural Research Centre Net, a worldwide network of anthropologists.