Making Japanese Heritage

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-10-28
  • Publisher: Routledge

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This book examines the making of Japanese heritage, investigating the ways in which particular objects, practices and institutions are ascribed public recognition and political significance. Through detailed ethnographic and historical case studies, it analyses the social, economic, and even global dimensions of cultural heritage. It shows how claims to heritage status in Japan stress different material qualities of objects, places and people-based upon their ages, originality and usage.

Author Biography

Christoph Brumann is a DFG Heisenberg Fellow at the University of Cologne, Germany. He has published widely on utopian communes in Japan and worldwide, gift-giving in Japan, the anthropological concept of culture, globalisation and urban anthropology. Rupert Cox is Lecturer in visual anthropology at the University of Manchester, UK. His research is on the intersection of art and anthropology with a particular emphasis on sound recording. His books include The Zen Arts: An Anthropological Study of the Culture of Aesthetic From in Japan and The Culture of Copying in Japan (both published by Routledge).

Table of Contents

List of illustrationsp. vii
List of contributorsp. ix
Series editorĂs prefacep. xii
Acknowledgments and technical notep. xiv
Introductionp. 1
Performing Japaneseness through heritagep. 19
Making ˘Japanese÷ teap. 21
Before making heritage: internationalisation of geisha in the Meiji periodp. 31
Making art in the Japanese way: nihonga as process and symbolic actionp. 44
Institutionalising Japanese heritagep. 57
Architecture, folklore studies, and cultural democracy: Nagakura Sabur˘ and Hida Minzoku-murap. 59
N˘ masks on stage and in museums: approaches to the contextualisation and conservation of the Pitt Rivers Museum n˘ mask collectionp. 78
Company culture or patinated past? The display of corporate heritage in Sumitomop. 92
Japanese local heritage and the wider worldp. 109
A heady heritage: the shifting biography of kashira (puppet heads) as cultural heritage objects in the Awaji traditionp. 111
Cloth and identity in Yaeyama: a search for contextp. 124
Houses in motion: the revitalisation of KyotoĂs architectural heritagep. 149
Automated alterities: movement and identity in the history of the Japanese Kobe ningy&ocire;p. 171
Perpetuating Japanese heritagep. 187
Maintaining a Zen tradition in Japan: the concrete problem of priest successionp. 189
Debating the past to determine the future in Shinky&ocire;, a Japanese communep. 202
Indexp. 215
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