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By Jan Van Bremen

ISBN-10: 020330814X

ISBN-13: 9780203308141

ISBN-10: 0415349834

ISBN-13: 9780415349833

Asian Anthropology increases very important questions in regards to the nature of anthropology and especially the construction and intake of anthropological wisdom in Asia. rather than assuming a common common or trajectory for the improvement of anthropology in Asia, the members to this quantity start with the precise premise that anthropologies in numerous Asian nations have constructed and proceed to improve based on their very own inner dynamics. With chapters written through a world team of specialists within the box, Asian Anthropology may be an invaluable educating instrument and a beneficial source for students operating in Asian anthropology.

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These perspectives offer an enrichment of contemporary perspectives in suggesting that we may benefit from commencing our analyses from questions about similarity, continuity, and commonality and not essential sets of differences. In a related vein, fascinating questions raised by work on Asian cultures center not so much on Westernization as (to put this point by way of example) the Japanization of Korea, the Sinicization of China’s minorities, or the cultural homogenization of the Indonesian archipelago.

Along similar lines, our volume provides examples of how “Asian Studies” are created and recreated. Take for instance, the volume’s internal textual arrangement. The various contributions examine Indian, Japanese, Chinese, Indonesian, or Philippine anthropologies along with British, Dutch, French, or American ones. Based on the idea of discrete national anthropologies, our volume thus serves to further reproduce the assumption of a correspondence between states’ geopolitical territories and the existence of “whole” cultures within them (see also Kuwayama, Chapter 5, in this volume).

The nature of our disciplinary project, prevailing research strategies, theoretical orientations, and the reward structures of our profession often conspire to push us to select the most exotic materials to characterize and essentialize the groups we study, and to leave undescribed what seems simply familiar (Keesing 1989: 459). So, it is regarding our understandings of ourselves: we are led toward, and often rewarded for, stressing the dissimilarity between national traditions of anthropology.

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