Silva Iaponicarum on Japanese taboos

East Asia Anthropologists MLへのMarta E. Szczygielさんの投稿;

Dear Colleagues,

With apologies for cross-posting, I would like to bring your attention to the latest publication of Silva Iaponicarum, a Polish quarterly open access journal of Japanese studies. Fasc. 60/61 is a special issue titled “Transforming Taboos in Japan,” edited by myself. Although it was released in March, I believe this publication has not gained enough exposure, so I rely on this shameless self-promotion to draw your attention to the taboo issue.

“Transforming Taboos in Japan” brings together four papers highlighting that taboo themselves and their cultural significance in society – as well as systems of power and hegemony more broadly – are open to challenge and transformation. Authors, drawing on theories and methodologies from history, sociology, anthropology, and religious studies, examine how different actors have created, co-opted, and/or resisted cultural taboo throughout Japan’s past and present.

Marta E. Szczygiel, Maura Stephens-Chu
Introduction: Transforming Taboos: Challenging Hegemonic Prohibitions in Japan's Past and Present

Juljan Biontino
Tabooization of Korean Funerary Culture during Japanese Rule - The Case of Yun Ch'i-ho (1865-1945)

Ioannis Gaitanidis
"Spiritual Apostasy" in Contemporary Japan: Religion, Taboos, and The Ethics of Capitalism

Maura Stephens-Chu
From Sacred to Secret: Tracing Changes in Views of Menstruation in Japan

Marta E. Szczygiel
Understanding Relatively High Social Visibility of Excrement in Japan

You can find the whole volume below:

Best regards,

Marta E. Szczygiel
JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow
Tokyo University
Department of Sociology