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In the FieldLife and Work in Cultural Anthropology$
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George Gmelch and Sharon Bohn Gmelch

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780520289611

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520289611.001.0001

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Falling into Fieldwork in Japan

Falling into Fieldwork in Japan

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In the Field

George Gmelch

Sharon Bohn Gmelch

University of California Press

For professional anthropologists, thinking anthropologically is part of everyday life, not just something they do while engaged in field work. This is demonstrated on two occasions when the authors, as visiting faculty at a Japanese university, can’t help doing research. For Sharon it is among Japanese mothers and at the yochien or kindergarten their son Morgan attends, while George turns his anthropological lens on the college basketball team that he joins years later. For both, everyday activities reveal essential characteristics of Japanese culture.

Keywords:   Japan, A Child in the Field, Accidental Anthropology, Mothers and Friendship, Kindergarten, Sport and Competition

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