The Making of Anthropology in East and Southeast Asia
Edited by Shinji Yamashita, J.S. Eades and Joseph Bosco
386 pages, bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-57181-258-2 $120.00/£85.00 Hb Published (October 2004)
ISBN 978-1-57181-259-9 $34.95/£24.00 Pb Published (Summer 2004)
CHOICE OUTSTANDING BOOK OF THE YEAR 2005
Despite the growth of interest in the history of anthropology as a over the last two decades, surprisingly little has been published in English on the development of anthropology in East and Southeast Asia and its relationship to the rest of the academic "world-system." The anthropological experience in this region has been varied. Japanese anthropology developed early, and ranks second only to that of the United States in terms of size. Anthropology in China has finally recovered from the experience of invasion, war, and revolution, and now flourishes both on the mainland and in Taiwan. Scholars in Korea, Malaysia, and the Philippines have also attempted to break with the legacy of colonialism and develop research relevant to their own national needs.
This book includes accounts of these developments by some of the most distinguished scholars in the region. Also discussed are issues of language, authorship, and audience; and the effects these have on writing by anthropologists, whether "native" or "foreign." The book will be invaluable to anyone with an interest in the anthropology of East and Southeast Asia or the development of anthropology as a global discipline.
Shinji Yamashita is Professor of Cultural Anthropology at The University of Tokyo.
J.S. Eades is Professor of Asia Pacific Studies and Director of the Media Resource Center, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, and Senior Honorary Research Fellow in Anthropology, University of Kent.
Joseph Bosco is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.