MWF 9:40 - 10:40 Carnegie 204
Prof. Karen Nakamura
Last offered: Fall 2002
Japan is often portrayed as a homogeneous nation, but beneath the calm surface of unity lies a tumultuous mix of minorities, including resident Koreans, former outcaste Burakumin, aboriginal Ainu, nascent gays and lesbians, the disabled, etc. Building pressure for many decades, minority politics have recently emerged as a critical force in Japan. We examine the issues of minorities, sexualities, and the politics of identity from an anthropological and sociological perspective.
This course is cross-listed in Anthropology and Women and Gender Studies.
Anthro 11: Cultural Anthropology is required. Asian 11: Intro to Asian Studies, Anthro 50-03: Japanimation and Manga, or an equivalent introduction to modern Japanese history and culture is strongly recommended but not required (but don't complain if you have to hit the history/culture books several times during the semester).
Enrollment limit: 11
The required textbooks will be available at the Ruminator Bookstore. Course readings in the forms of articles will also be distributed in class.
|Schedule of Readings (when to read what; PDF Format)|
Note: Presentation topics may be changed with instructor approval