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Gift-giving is extremely important in Japanese society, not only at personal and household levels, but at the national and macroeconomic levels as well. This book is the first in English to document the extraordinary scale, complexity, and variation of giving in contemporary Japan.

Gift-Giving in Japan is based on eighteen months' fieldwork in the Tokyo metropolitan area, as well as short-term research in other parts of Japan. The core of the study is the experience of family representatives of different ages, classes, genders, occupations, neighborhoods, and religions. The author also interviewed experts, including the author of gift-giving etiquette books, Buddhist and Shinto priests, department store and funeral home employees, and workers at Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market. She participated in neighborhood festivals, election rallies, house-building rites, and other ceremonies of which gift-giving was an integral part.

Recent anthropological interest in drawing a strong contrast between commodities and gifts both reflects and reinforces the conception of the gift as part of the giver and the related distinction between the realm of the gift and the realm of the marketplace. The author argues that Japanese practices of giving and receiving challenge assumptions related to this idea of the gift.

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Drawing on her 18 months of field work in Tokyo and shorter expeditions elsewhere in Japan, Rupp (anthropology, Yale U.) investigates why Japanese give gifts as much, as often, and in the manner they do; why some reject the nearly ubiquitous custom; political motives; and what the Japanese case reveals about gifts and exchange in general. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Gift-giving is extremely important in Japanese society, not only at the personal and household levels, but at the national and macroeconomic levels as well. This book is the first in English to document the extraordinary scale, complexity, and variation of giving in contemporary Japan.

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“[The author] displays not only acute observation of the content of gift-giving but also sensitivity to ambiguities of motives on the part of both giver and receiver.”—Asian Studies Review

“Gift-Giving in Japan: Cash, Connections, Cosmologies is superbly written and an inspiring work which I recommend for students, researchers, and anyone interested in understanding modern Japan and its people."—Journal of Japanese Studies

Synopsis:

“[The author] displays not only acute observation of the content of gift-giving but also sensitivity to ambiguities of motives on the part of both giver and receiver.”—Asian Studies Review

“Gift-Giving in Japan: Cash, Connections, Cosmologies is superbly written and an inspiring work which I recommend for students, researchers, and anyone interested in understanding modern Japan and its people."—Journal of Japanese Studies

About the Author

Katherine Rupp is a Research Affiliate at Yale University's Department of Anthropology.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780804747042
Author:
Rupp, Katherine
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Author:
Katherine, Rupp
Location:
Stanford, Calif.
Subject:
Customs & Traditions
Subject:
Asia - General
Subject:
Japan
Subject:
Gifts
Subject:
National characteristics, Japanese
Subject:
Ceremonial exchange.
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - General
Subject:
Japan Social life and customs.
Subject:
Sociology - General
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
1
Series Volume:
53
Publication Date:
20030631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.50 x 5.50 in

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History and Social Science » Asia » Japan » Contemporary 1945 to Present
History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » General
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History and Social Science » World History » Asia » General

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Product details 256 pages Stanford University Press - English 9780804747042 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by ,
Gift-giving is extremely important in Japanese society, not only at the personal and household levels, but at the national and macroeconomic levels as well. This book is the first in English to document the extraordinary scale, complexity, and variation of giving in contemporary Japan.
"Synopsis" by , “[The author] displays not only acute observation of the content of gift-giving but also sensitivity to ambiguities of motives on the part of both giver and receiver.”—Asian Studies Review

“Gift-Giving in Japan: Cash, Connections, Cosmologies is superbly written and an inspiring work which I recommend for students, researchers, and anyone interested in understanding modern Japan and its people."—Journal of Japanese Studies

"Synopsis" by ,
“[The author] displays not only acute observation of the content of gift-giving but also sensitivity to ambiguities of motives on the part of both giver and receiver.”—Asian Studies Review

“Gift-Giving in Japan: Cash, Connections, Cosmologies is superbly written and an inspiring work which I recommend for students, researchers, and anyone interested in understanding modern Japan and its people."—Journal of Japanese Studies

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