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Doing fieldwork in Japan / [ed.] Theodore Bestor, Patricia G. Steinhoff, Victoria Lyon Bestor

Secondary Author Bestor, Theodore C.
Steinhoff, Patricia G., 1941-
Bestor, Victoria Lyon
Country Estados Unidos. Publication Honolulu : University of Hawai'i Press, cop. 2003 Description IX, 414 p. : il. ; 23 cm ISBN 0-8248-2734-1 CDU 39(520)
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Doing Fieldwork in Japan taps the expertise of North American and European specialists on the practicalities of conducting long-term research in the social sciences and cultural studies. In lively first-person accounts, they discuss their successes and failures doing fieldwork across rural and urban Japan in a wide range of settings: among religious pilgrims and adolescent consumers; on factory assembly lines and in high schools and wholesale seafood markets; with bureaucrats in charge of defense, foreign aid, and social welfare policy; inside radical political movements; among adherents of "New Religions"; inside a prosecutor's office and the JET Program for foreign English teachers; with journalists in the NHK newsroom; while researching race, ethnicity, and migration; and amidst fans and consumers of contemporary popular culture.

Contributors: David M. Arase, Theodore C. Bestor, Victoria Lyon Bestor, Mary C. Brinton, John Creighton Campbell, Samuel Coleman, Suzanne Culter, Andrew Gordon, Helen Hardacre, Joy Hendry, David T. Johnson, Ellis S. Krauss, David L. McConnell, Ian Reader, Glenda S. Roberts, Joshua Hotaka Roth, Robert J. Smith, Sheila A. Smith, Patricia G. Steinhoff, Merry Isaacs White, Christine R. Yano.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Introduction: Doing Fieldwork in Japan (p. 1)
  • Starting Out
  • Taking Note of Teen Culture in Japan: Dear Diary, Dear Fieldworker (p. 21)
  • New Notes from the Underground: Doing Fieldwork without a Site (p. 36)
  • From Scrambled Messages to an Impromptu Dip: Serendipity in Finding a Field Location (p. 55)
  • Fieldwork with Japanese Religious Groups (p. 71)
  • Chance, Fate, and Undisciplined Meanderings: A Pilgrimage through the Fieldwork Maze (p. 89)
  • Navigating Bureaucratic Mazes
  • Getting Cooperation in Policy-Oriented Research (p. 109)
  • JET Lag: Studying a Multilevel Program over Time (p. 124)
  • Getting in and Getting along in the Prosecutors Office (p. 139)
  • In Search of the Japanese State (p. 156)
  • Doing Media Research in Japan (p. 176)
  • Asking: Surveys, Interviews, Access
  • Fact-Rich, Data-Poor: Japan as Sociologists' Heaven and Hell (p. 195)
  • Beginning Trials and Tribulations: Rural Community Study and Tokyo City Survey (p. 214)
  • Research among the Bureaucrats: Substance and Process (p. 229)
  • Dealing with the Unexpected: Field Research in Japanese Politics (p. 248)
  • Studying the Social History of Contemporary Japan (p. 261)
  • Outsiders in Insiders' Networks
  • Unraveling the Web of Song (p. 277)
  • Bottom Up, Top Down, and Sideways: Studying Corporations, Government Programs, and NPOs (p. 294)
  • Inquisitive Observation: Following Networks in Urban Fieldwork (p. 315)
  • Responsibility and the Limits of Identification: Fieldwork among Japanese and Japanese Brazilian Workers in Japan (p. 335)
  • Time and Ethnology: Long-Term Field Research (p. 352)
  • Appendix Digital Resources and Fieldwork (p. 367)
  • Glossary (p. 375)
  • Bibliography (p. 383)
  • About the Contributors (p. 397)
  • Index (p. 401)

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The 21 US academic contributors at different stages in their careers and lives come from political science, sociology, anthropology, and other social science fields. (Historians and literature specialists are not included.) Some have been working in Japan for many years, some for only a short time. For several, Japan is the focus of their interests; others are investigating theoretical issues that have arisen elsewhere. All have used fieldwork, talking with Japanese people about their lives and work, as a primary source of data, but seldom as the only source. Their Japanese language skills vary from fair to excellent, but are always improving. Their advice to others contemplating doing fieldwork in Japan includes recommendations to be opportunistic, willing to change focus, and willing to follow the directions and interests of the Japanese they are working with. Most researchers report significant changes in their questions, plans, and answers because of what happened during fieldwork and what they learned "on the job." This book offers a full range of relevant articles and useful information for almost anyone engaged in or contemplating social science work in Japan. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. G. R. Benjamin University of Pittsburgh

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