An Anthropological Lifetime in Japan: The Writings of Joy by Joy Hendry

By Joy Hendry

Pleasure Hendry's assortment demonstrates the price of an anthropological method of knowing a selected society through taking the reader via her personal discovery of the sector, explaining her perform of it in Oxford and Japan, after which delivering a variety of the consequences and findings she received. Her paintings starts off with a research of marriage made in a small rural group, maintains with schooling and the rearing of kids, and later turns to think about well mannered language, specially among girls. This lead right into a examine of "wrapping" and cultural show, for instance of gardens and subject parks, which grew to become a comparative enterprise, placing Japan in a world context. eventually the publication sums up swap during the interval of Hendry's study.

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Another was a little isolated but in such a perfect spot that I felt inclined to move there for the rest of my life. A third was more convenient, though with a less spectacular view. When we returned to the office, there was much further discussion, and a local newspaper reporter came to take my photograph. Nothing could be decided immediately, and although the place was magnificent, I had to admit that I was forcing myself to ignore information I had gleaned about the relative lack of young people and the high rate of migration to the cities.

This chapter approaches the issue by focusing on a relationship of just this sort, which now spans nearly two decades, between the author and a member of the society where research has been carried out several times. The association started out as friendship, moved into a more or less cooperative venture in ethnographic enquiry, but eventually turned quite sour. The tale illustrates the advantages and dilemmas for the anthropologist of turning a friend into an informant, but it also exposes problems for the informant of having an anthropologist as a ‘friend’.

As always, Sachiko and I expressed our opinions freely to one another on these subjects and many others. Under the circumstances, particularly from my side, more prudence would probably have been wise. In Japan, a friend is one of the few people likely to hear one’s true opinions on a subject, one’s honne as opposed to the tatemae, or polite front, more commonly presented to the world at large. For the anthropologist, it is vital to have such friends, but reciprocity depends on a fair measure of agreement.

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