SCHOOL OF ORIENTAL AND AFRICAN STUDIES (University of London

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Examination for Undergraduate students - May/June 2010

ETHNOGRAPHY OF A SELECTED REGION: JAPAN 15 180 2045 This paper is suitable for current students and all re-entry candidates

Time Allowed: THREE hours The marks for this paper constitute 80% of the total marks for this course.

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Instructions: Answer THREE questions of the following TEN questions Credit will be given for a useful range of relevant illustrations

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’ Discuss. generation. ‘Rural Japan is now chiefly of interest to anthropologists in the context of domestic tourism. 9.Answer THREE questions 1.’ Discuss. Why have anthropologists writing about religion in Japan tended to stress the primacy of action over belief. 8. 4. and what are the implications of this? ‘Education in Japan continues through both work organised activities AND/OR through people’s leisure activities. and gender in the workplace.’ Discuss.’ Discuss. ‘The construction of gender in Japan has changed since the economic recession of the 1990s.’ Discuss. EITHER a) Assess the view that the ie (household) continues to be central to the construction of Japanese national identity. OR b) ‘The term “the Japanese employment system” obscures crucial differences of class. OR b) In what ways can a study of migration to Japan contribute to our understanding of the construction of national identity? 2. What does an analysis of conflict in Japan teach us about status and class? Use the concept of EITHER Japanese aesthetics OR nihonjinron (theories of Japaneseness) to discuss the construction of Japan’s modern national identity. 7.’ Discuss. 5.’ Discuss. 10. ‘An understanding of personal networks is vital to any analysis of Japanese politics. ‘Popular culture is one possible means through which to examine negotiations of the self in contemporary Japan. EITHER a) ‘An understanding of class divisions is essential to any analysis of contemporary Japanese society. 3. 2/3 . 6.

For other students taking this paper. provided that the student is registered for such a qualification. the final mark awarded may count towards a non-degree School qualification.Note: For students registered for a degree. this paper is part of an examination counting towards a degree award of the University of London. © School of Oriental and African Studies 2010 3/3 . Examinations are governed by School regulations.

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