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Description - Okubo Diary by Brian Moeran

First published in 1985, this Routledge Revival is a lively and colourful account of life in the Japanese countryside, as seen through the eyes of an anthropologist who did fieldwork there for four years. Part journal, part ethnographic observation, part social and moral commentary, this very personal and sensitive book depicts not only the intricate relationships among the valley people, but also those between them and the anthropologist who has come from the outside world to study them.

The book has a dual purpose: to portray the intimate, day-to-day lives of people living in a remote part of Japan, and to describe how one anthropologist tries - and eventually fails - to "become at one" with his informants. Throughout, the book questions the premises of participant observation, which has become a mainstay of modern anthropology.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415589314
ISBN-10: 0415589312
Format: Hardback
(216mm x 140mm x mm)
Pages: 260
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 2-Jul-2010
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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