In this Book

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In 2008, 140 years after it had annexed Ainu lands, the Japanese government shocked observers by finally recognizing Ainu as an Indigenous people. In this moment of unparalleled political change, it was Uzawa Kanako, a young Ainu activist, who signalled the necessity of moving beyond the historical legacy of “Ainu studies.” Mired in a colonial mindset of abject academic practices, Ainu Studies was an umbrella term for an approach that claimed scientific authority vis-à-vis Ainu, who became its research objects. As a result of this legacy, a latent sense of suspicion still hangs over the purposes and intentions of non-Ainu researchers.

This major new volume seeks to re-address the role of academic scholarship in Ainu social, cultural, and political affairs. Placing Ainu firmly into current debates over Indigeneity, Beyond Ainu Studies provides a broad yet critical overview of the history and current status of Ainu research. With chapters from scholars as well as Ainu activists and artists, it addresses a range of topics including history, ethnography, linguistics, tourism, legal mobilization, hunter-gatherer studies, the Ainu diaspora, gender, and clothwork. In its ambition to reframe the question of Ainu research in light of political reforms that are transforming Ainu society today, this book will be of interest to scholars and students in Indigenous studies as well as in anthropology and Asian studies.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Message from Ainu-Mosir
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. 1. Beyond Ainu Studies: An Introduction
  2. Mark K. Watson, ann-elise lewallen, and Mark J. Hudson
  3. pp. 1-22
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  1. Theme One: Representation / Objectification
  2. pp. 23-24
  1. 2. Ainu Ethnography: Historical Representations in the West
  2. Hans Dieter Ölschleger
  3. pp. 25-44
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  1. 3. Tourists, Anthropologists, and Visions of Indigenous Society in Japan
  2. Tessa Morris-Suzuki
  3. pp. 45-66
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  1. Theme Two: New Critical Responses
  2. pp. 67-68
  1. 4. Tokyo Ainu and the Urban Indigenous Experience
  2. Mark K. Watson
  3. pp. 69-85
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  1. 5. Charanke
  2. Uzawa Kanako
  3. pp. 86-91
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  1. 6. As a Child of Ainu
  2. Sunazawa Kayo
  3. pp. 92-98
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  1. Theme Three: Academic Disciplines and Understandings of Ainu
  2. pp. 99-100
  1. 7. Is Ainu History Japanese History?
  2. David L. Howell
  3. pp. 101-116
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  1. 8. Ainu and Hunter-Gatherer Studies
  2. Mark J. Hudson
  3. pp. 117-135
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  1. 9. Trade and the Paradigm Shift in Research on Ainu Hunting Practices
  2. Deriha Ko¯ji
  3. pp. 136-150
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  1. Theme Four The Discourse of Culturalism
  2. pp. 151-152
  1. 10. Our Ancestors’ Handprints: The Evolution of Ainu Women’s Clothing Culture
  2. Tsuda Nobuko
  3. pp. 153-170
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  1. 11. The Gender of Cloth: Ainu Women and Cultural Revitalization
  2. ann-elise lewallen
  3. pp. 171-184
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  1. 12. From Collecting Words to Writing Grammars: A Brief History of Ainu Linguistics
  2. Kirsten Refsing
  3. pp. 185-199
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  1. 13. The Ainu, Law, and Legal Mobilization, 1984–2009
  2. Georgina Stevens
  3. pp. 200-222
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  1. References
  2. pp. 223-250
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 251-252
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 253-259
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  1. Production Notes, Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780824839185
Related ISBN
9780824836979
MARC Record
OCLC
870969958
Launched on MUSE
2014-02-24
Language
English
Open Access
No
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