Ainu Creed & Cult


Author: Munro

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136165282

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

View: 857

First published in 1996. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

The Conquest of Ainu Lands

Ecology and Culture in Japanese Expansion,1590-1800


Author: Brett L. Walker

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520248341

Category: History

Page: 332

View: 3106

Looks at the history of the Ainu, the native people living in the northernmost island of Japan.

The Culture-Bound Syndromes

Folk Illnesses of Psychiatric and Anthropological Interest


Author: Ronald C. Simons,C.C. Hughes

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9400952511

Category: Social Science

Page: 518

View: 7743

In the last few years there has been a great revival of interest in culture-bound psychiatric syndromes. A spate of new papers has been published on well known and less familiar syndromes, and there have been a number of attempts to put some order into the field of inquiry. In a review of the literature on culture-bound syndromes up to 1969 Yap made certain suggestions for organizing thinking about them which for the most part have not received general acceptance (see Carr, this volume, p. 199). Through the seventies new descriptive and conceptual work was scarce, but in the last few years books and papers discussing the field were authored or edited by Tseng and McDermott (1981), AI-Issa (1982), Friedman and Faguet (1982) and Murphy (1982). In 1983 Favazza summarized his understanding of the state of current thinking for the fourth edition of the Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry, and a symposium on culture-bound syndromes was organized by Kenny for the Eighth International Congress of Anthropology and Ethnology. The strong est impression to emerge from all this recent work is that there is no substantive consensus, and that the very concept, "culture-bound syndrome" could well use some serious reconsideration. As the role of culture-specific beliefs and prac tices in all affliction has come to be increasingly recognized it has become less and less clear what sets the culture-bound syndromes apart.

Traditional Buildings

A Global Survey of Structural Forms and Cultural Functions


Author: Allen Noble

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 0857739026

Category: Architecture

Page: 360

View: 6478

Based on a lifelong professional and personal interest, "Traditional Buildings" presents a unique survey of vernacular architecture across the globe. The reader is taken on a fascinating tour of traditional building around the world, which includes the loess cave homes of central China, the stilt houses on the shores of Dahomey, the housebarns of Europe and North America, the wind towers of Iran, the Bohio houses of the Arawak Indians of the Caribbean, and much more. Professor's Noble's extensive travels have allowed him to examine many of the building at close quarters and the richly illustrated text includes photographs from his personal collection. With its comprehensive and detailed bibliography, the work will be welcomed by experts and non-specialists alike.

Coins of Japan


Author: Neil Gordon Munro

Publisher: N.A


Category: Numismatics

Page: 281

View: 8429

The World View of the Ainu

Nature and Cosmos Reading from Language


Author: Takako Yamada

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780710307323

Category: Religion

Page: 233

View: 2003

Significant underestimates of cooling loads can result from the use of rural temperature data. This guide presents the results of long-term measurements of air temperatures at 80 sites around London and includes on a diskette a design tool to allow the designer to modify Bracknell temperature data. It also outlines techniques to reduce the effects of the Central London heat island by careful design of the building and its surroundings.

Alone with the Hairy Ainu

Or, 3800 Miles on a Pack Saddle in Yezo and a Cruise to the Kurile Islands


Author: A. H. S. Landor

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1108049419

Category: History

Page: 344

View: 9467

A vivid account from 1893 of A. H. Savage Landor's adventures among the indigenous Ainu people of Northern Japan.

Studies In Shinto & Shrines


Author: R. A. B. Ponsonby-Fane

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113689294X

Category: Social Science

Page: 666

View: 6825

First Published in 2005. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.


A Novel


Author: Trevanian

Publisher: Broadway Books

ISBN: 9780307238436

Category: Fiction

Page: 448

View: 5037

A classic spy novel from the bestselling author, Trevanian, about a westerner raised in Japan who becomes one of the world's most accomplished assassins Nicholai Hel is the world’s most wanted man. Born in Shanghai during the chaos of World War I, he is the son of an aristocratic Russian mother and a mysterious German father and is the protégé of a Japanese Go master. Hel survived the destruction of Hiroshima to emerge as the world’s most artful lover and its most accomplished—and well-paid—assassin. Hel is a genius, a mystic, and a master of language and culture, and his secret is his determination to attain a rare kind of personal excellence, a state of effortless perfection known only as shibumi. Now living in an isolated mountain fortress with his exquisite mistress, Hel is unwillingly drawn back into the life he’d tried to leave behind when a beautiful young stranger arrives at his door, seeking help and refuge. It soon becomes clear that Hel is being tracked by his most sinister enemy—a supermonolith of international espionage known only as the Mother Company. The battle lines are drawn: ruthless power and corruption on one side, and on the other . . . shibumi.

The Cult of the Serpent

An Interdisciplinary Survey of Its Manifestations and Origins


Author: Balaji Mundkur

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780873956314

Category: Religion

Page: 363

View: 8534

Kinship and the Social Order

The Legacy of Lewis Henry Morgan


Author: Meyer Fortes

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351510037

Category: Social Science

Page: 362

View: 4174

One of the world's most eminent social anthropologists draws upon his many years of study and research in the field of kinship and social organization to review the development of anthropological theory and method from Lewis Henry Morgan (1818-1881) to anthropologists of the 1960s. It is the central argument of this book that the structuralist theory and method developed by British and American anthropologists in the study of kinship and social organization is the direct descendant of Morgan's researches. The volume starts with a re-examination of Morgan's work. Professor Fortes demonstrates how a tradition of misinterpretation has disguised the true import of Morgan's discoveries. He follows with a detailed analysis of the work of Rivers and Radcliffe-Brown and the generation of anthropologists inspired by them. The author states his own point of view as it has developed in the framework of modern structuralist theory, with ethnographic examples examined in depth. He shows that the social relations and institutions conventionally grouped under the rubric of kinship and social organization belong simultaneously to two complementary domains of social structure, the familial and the political. Meyer Fortes' contribution to the field of anthropology can best be understood in the context of balance of forces between these domains of the personal and public. In the latter part of the book, he gives detailed attention to the principal conceptual issues that have confronted research and theory in the study of kinship and social organizations since Morgan's time. He shows that kinship institutions are autonomous, not mere by-products of economic requirements, and demonstrates the moral base of kinship in the rule of amity.

The Crisis of Identity in Contemporary Japanese Film

Personal, Cultural, National


Author: Timothy Iles

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9047424697

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 256

View: 1043

A concise, textually analytical study of the ways in which works of contemporary Japanese cinema have explored and reflected a 'crisis' in Japan's changing conceptions of individuality and identity approaching the central issue from a range of aspects.

An Introduction to Japanese Society


Author: Yoshio Sugimoto

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1316214117

Category: Social Science

Page: N.A

View: 9207

Now in its fourth edition, An Introduction to Japanese Society remains essential reading for students of Japanese society. Internationally renowned scholar Yoshio Sugimoto uses both English and Japanese sources to update and expand upon his original narrative in this sophisticated yet highly readable text. This book explores the breadth and diversity of Japanese society, with chapters covering class, geographical and generational variation, work, education, gender, minorities, popular culture and the establishment. Updates include an exploration of the 'Cool Japan' phenomenon and the explosion of Japanese culture overseas. This edition also features the latest research into Japanese society, updated statistical data and coverage of recent events including the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, and the change in government. Written in a clear and engaging style, An Introduction to Japanese Society provides an insight into all aspects of a diverse and ever-evolving contemporary Japan.

Handbook of Japanese Mythology


Author: Michael Ashkenazi

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1576074676

Category: Religion

Page: 375

View: 3117

An introductory guide to the mythology of Japan—one of the most pervasive yet least understood facets of Japanese culture.

Japan's Minorities

The illusion of homogeneity


Author: Michael Weiner

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134744412

Category: Social Science

Page: 272

View: 2222

Provides clear historical introductions to the six principal ethnic minority groups in Japan, including the Ainu, Chinese, Koreans and Okinawans, and discusses their place in contemporary Japanese society.

Multiethnic Japan


Author: John Lie

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674040175

Category: History

Page: 248

View: 9232

Multiethnic Japan challenges the received view of Japanese society as ethnically homogeneous. Employing a wide array of arguments and evidence--historical and comparative, interviews and observations, high literature and popular culture--John Lie recasts modern Japan as a thoroughly multiethnic society. Lie casts light on a wide range of minority groups in modern Japanese society, including the Ainu, Burakumin (descendants of premodern outcasts), Chinese, Koreans, and Okinawans. In so doing, he depicts the trajectory of modern Japanese identity. Surprisingly, Lie argues that the belief in a monoethnic Japan is a post-World War II phenomenon, and he explores the formation of the monoethnic ideology. He also makes a general argument about the nature of national identity, delving into the mechanisms of social classification, signification, and identification.