Politics beyond the Yoga Mat: Yoga Fundamentalism and the ‘Vedic Way of Life’

Get PDF: McCartney, Patrick. 2017. Politics beyond the Yoga Mat: Yoga Fundamentalism and the ‘Vedic Way of Life’. Global Ethnographic.   Patrick McCartney Visiting Fellow, Australian National University psdmccartney@gmail.com Abstract This article explores an under-appreciated relation between the quotidian practices of Western yoga practitioners and the global agenda of Hindu supremacism. It demonstrates how yoga, or rather, the yoga body, […]

Read more

The Brazilian Hawaii: Surf Culture, Tourism, and the Construction of Place

Get PDF: Palmer, Christian. 2017. The Brazilian Hawaii: Surf Culture, Tourism, and the Construction of Place. Global Ethnographic.   Christian Palmer Windward Community College ctpalmer@hawaii.edu Abstract This article describes how ideas of Hawaii were introduced and circulated in Brazil through surf culture, military travel and tourism, and the importance of these ideas in establishing a positive tropical identity in opposition […]

Read more

Exploring the Digital Information Experiences of Ethnographers

Dr Faye Miller Queensland University of Technology, Australia Over the past year I have had the privilege of being involved in the development of the open access journal Global Ethnographic. So far the work-in-progress has been a virtual collaboration between the editorial team in Japan, Australia and the USA. I have learned that developing an international publication across several different […]

Read more

Introduction: Japan’s Possible Futures – Pivots of Social Transformation

Japan’s Possible Futures: Pivots of Social Transformation SPECIAL COLLECTION Edited by Bruce White Photo by Jeremy Keith ‘Tokyo horizon’ Papers & Thematics Re-thinking Japanese Society Gender Collaboration or Equality? The Past, Present and Future of Danjo Kyoudou Sankaku Policy (Shunta Mori) Japan’s Future in the Light of its Communicative Strategies (Peter Ackermann) ‘Up to What Kinds of People Are We Able […]

Read more

Nostalgia for ‘Asian’ Traditions and Energy – Encounters with Chinese and Koreans in Japanese TV Dramas

Nostalgia for ‘Asian’ Traditions and Energy – Encounters with Chinese and Koreans in Japanese TV Dramas Hilaria Gössmann, Griseldis Kirsch Photo coffee shop Aizen by m-louis Introduction—Television Dramas and the Myth of Japanese Homogeneity Since 1953, when Japanese television went on air for the first time, television dramas have played a central role in affecting and reflecting on Japanese society, […]

Read more

Gender Equality Policy in Japan: Current Difficulties and Signs of Change

Shunta Mori Introduction In the 1980s and the early 1990s there were three camps competing for representation of women’s roles in Japan: the Neotraditionalists; “New Women”; and Radical Egalitarians. Neotraditionalists promoted the idea that women’s primary roles were as wives and mothers. New Women believed in “the primacy of wife-mother role but believed that women should also be able to […]

Read more

Emergent Japanese Discourses on Minorities, Immigrants, Race, Culture, and Identity

Introduction                                                               Anthropologist Harumi Befu claims that the appreciation of “diversity within diversity” is essential for twenty-first century Japan (Befu 2008, p. xxiv). The immensity of this challenge may be difficult to grasp for people from espoused heterogeneous societies, especially in cases where immigration history is embraced and considered important to cultural identity. Japan has […]

Read more

Globalization, New Religions and the Contemporary Re-Imagining of Japanese Identity

John Clammer (Photo by FreeDigitalPhotos.net coward_lion) Social scientists are wont to announce “crises” in the societies that attract their scholarly attention. While it might be stretching the evidence a little too far to suggest that contemporary Japan is in a state of crisis, it would certainly not be untoward to argue that Japanese society in the first decades of the […]

Read more

Facing the World, Facing the Future: How Japan is Working to Represent Itself as a Nation at Sport Mega-Events

Wolfram Manzenreiter, Department of East Asian Studies, University of Vienna Introduction The 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan was the first to be staged on the world’s most populous continent, Asia, and it was the first to be co-hosted by two nations. Watched by 2.7 million spectators, who followed the performance of 32 national teams in Japan and Korea’s twenty brand-new […]

Read more

A Tohoku Utopia? Alternative Paths After March 11, 2011

Yuko Nishimura Five months and 15 days after the March 11 (3.11) Tohoku earthquake, tsunami, and the Fukushima nuclear disaster, Prime Minister Naoto Kan fulfilled his promise to resign from office; in a 15 minute speech, he listed his achievements and praised himself saying “I did what I had to do.”  Kan was the fifth prime minister to step down […]

Read more
1 2 3