Wearing Cultural Styles In Japan

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*New book/ Paper Back Edition announcement. See below*

/Wearing Cultural Styles In Japan: Concepts of Tradition and Modernity in

Christopher S. Thompson and John W. Traphagan, Editors

This book explores how tradition and modernity coexist in regional
Japan, arguing that the rural/ urban dichotomy is outmoded for
understanding this contemporary society. Should be of interest to anyone
interested in the regional dynamics of state societies. Show through
regional phenomena such as internationalization, laquerware production,
farming, enka (modern Japanese ballads), women’s roles, and folk
expression that the traditional, the modern, and the global are so
tightly intertwined that they can no longer be meaningfully separated.

2006, SUNY Press
304 pages, 12 tables, 11 figures
paper (23.95) ISBN 978-0791466988
cloth (79.95) ISBN 0-7914-6697-3

*Table of Contents:*

Part I. The Political Economy of Social Change in Tôhoku Japan

Chapter 1: The Practice of Tradition and Modernity in Contemporary Japan
John W. Traphagan and Christopher S. Thompson

Chapter 2: The Social Impact of Rural-Urban Shift: Some Akita Examples
John Mock

Chapter 3: Rice Revolutions and Farm Families in in Tôhoku: Why Is
Farming Culturally Central and Economically Marginal?
William W. Kelly

Part II. Wearing Tradition and Wearing Modernity: negotiating Paths of
Social Change

Chapter 4: Young Women Making Lives in Northeast Japan
Nancy Rosenberger

Chapter 5: Negotiating Internationalization in Kitasawa
Tomoko Watanabe Traphagan

Chapter 6: Preserving the Ochiai Deer Dance: Tradition and Continuity in
a Tôhoku Hamlet
Christopher S. Thompson

Chapter 7: Heartbreak’s Destination: Tôhoku in the Poetic Discourse of Enka
Debra F. Occhi

Chapter 8: Tradition and Modernity Merged in Tsugaru Nuri Lacquerware:
Perspectives of Preservation and Promotion, Production and Consumption
Anthony S. Rausch

Chapter 9: Epilogue: Tôhoku: A Place
L. Keith Brown

* *Wearing Cultural Styles in Japan: Concepts of Tradition and Modernity
in Practice. By: Lowry, Deborah Wilson. Rural Sociology, Dec2006, Vol.
71 Issue 4, p721-724.

Wearing Cultural Styles in Japan: Concepts of Tradition and Modernity in
Practice. By: White, Merry I.. Pacific Affairs, Summer2006, Vol. 79
Issue 2, p329-330.**

*BACK COVER BLURB about the book by the publisher:*

This groundbreaking collection examines the regional dynamics of state
societies, looking at how people use the concepts of urban and rural,
traditional and modern, and industrial and agricultural to define their
existence and the experience of living in contemporary Japanese society.
The book focuses on the Tohoku (Northeast) region, which many Japanese
consider rural, agrarian, undeveloped economically, and the epitome of
the traditional way of life. While this stereotype overstates the
case--the region is home to one of Japan's largest cities--most Japanese
contrast Tohoku (everything traditional) with Tokyo (everything modern).
However, the contributors show how various regional
phenomena--internationalization, lacquerware production, farming, enka
(modern Japanese ballads), women's roles, and professional dance

    • combine the traditional, the modern, and the global. Wearing Cultural

Styles in Japan demonstrates that while people use the dichotomies of
urban/rural and traditional/modern in order to define their experiences,
these categories are no longer useful in analyzing contemporary Japan.

*BIO:* Christopher S. Thompson is Associate Professor of Japanese
Language and Culture at Ohio University. John W. Traphagan is Associate
Professor of Asian Studies and Anthropology and Director of the Center
for East Asian Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.