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Publications : Japan Anthropology Workshop

Japan Anthropology Workshop

Home of the JAWS conference members and committee.


There have been many publications associated with JAWS meetings over the years, many listed in the History section of this website. Papers presented at our meetings have also been published in a variety of journals, both anthropological and specific to Japan, and for sometime, we decided that spreading our word across many different outlets was the best policy. In 2000, however, it was decided that we had become a big enough organization to have our own series, and the Secretary General of the time, Jan van Bremen, negotiated a contract with Curzon Press. Curzon was shortly taken over by Routledge, subsequently taken over by Taylor and Francis. Our series continues to thrive, however, and the complete list is presented below, or may be accessed at the Routledge JAWS Series webpage.

All the books are available at paperback prices for JAWS members, and one year after publication, to order DIRECT in actual paperback form at the same price of around £20 sterling, a system that is used for many other books that Routledge publish.

The series is always looking for new material, and JAWS members are invited to submit proposals for books to Joy Hendry, who will consult the editorial group, and Routledge, before getting back, as quickly as possible, with a response for the author(s). The form for the proposal is suggested by Routledge to be a document of 4-8 pages or so which covers the list below, but initial inquiries may be made to Joy or another member of the editorial group in the first instance.

Submission Considerations

  1. Rationale: why the book is important, original, and/or timely?
  2. A contents list, with chapter headings and a short summary of what will be in each chapter; for edited books, please give details of contributors and their affiliations.
  3. For books which will be based on a thesis include your suggestions for transforming the thesis (narrow purpose, select readership) into a book (broader purpose, wider readership).
  4. Market: who is the book for?
  5. Competition: comparing and contrasting; and showing where your new work fits into, and takes further, the existing body of scholarship.
  6. A brief CV of yourself, and any co-authors or co-editors.
  7. Title: it is important to have a crisp title, which broadens the appeal as much as possible, and which is explicit about the book’s subject – it is important that titles are explicit so that, for example, anyone doing a computer search using just keywords will find the book.
  8. Length of script; together with number of tables, figures, maps, etc (if any).
  9. Anticipated delivery date of the finished script, after any reworking.
  10. Suggestions for two possible referees.

Selected Volumes in the JAWS Series

Urban Spaces in Japan: Social and Cultural Perspectives, edited by Christoph Brumann and Evelyn Schulz. NEW!

Tradition, Democracy and the Townscape of Kyoto: Claiming a Right to the Past, by Christoph Brumann. NEW!

Home and Family in Japan: Continuity and Transformation, edited by Richard Ronald and Allison Alexy.

A Japanese View of Nature: The World of Living Things by Kinji Imanishi. Translated by Pamela J. Asquith, Heita Kawakatsu, Shusuke Yagi and Hiroyuki Takasaki; edited and introduced by Pamela J. Asquith.

Japan’s Changing Generations: Are Japanese Young People Creating A New Society?, edited by Gordon Mathews and Bruce White.

Community Volunteers in Japan: Everyday Stories of Social Change by Lynne Nakano.

The Care of the Elderly in Japan by Yongmei Wu.

Nature, Ritual and Society in Japan’s Ryukyu Islands by Arne Røkkum.

Dismantling the East-West Dichotomy: Essays in Honour of Jan van Bremen. Edited by Joy Hendry and Dixon Wong.

Psychotherapy and Religion in Japan: The Japanese Introspection Practice of Naikan by Chikako Ozawa-de Silva.

Pilgrimages and Spiritual Quests in Japan. Edited by Maria Rodriguez del Alisal, Instituto de Japonologia, Madrid, Peter Ackermann, University of Erlangen, and D.P. Martinez, University of London.

Japan and the Culture of Copying. Edited by Rupert Cox.

Primary School in Japan: Self, individuality and learning in elementary education by Peter Cave.

Globalization and Japanese Organization Culture: An Ethnography of a Japanese Corporation in France by Mitchell Sedgwick.

Japanese Tourism and the Culture of Travel. Edited by Sylvie Guichard-Anguis and Okpyo Moon.

Making Japanese Heritage. Edited by Christoph Brumann and Rupert Cox.

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