Modern Anthropology and Japan Analytical Essay by capital writers

Modern Anthropology and Japan
This paper discusses the modern concept of the field of anthropology and then analyzes the works: Timon Screech's "Sex and the Floating World: Erotic Images in Japan, 1700-1820" and Ruth Benedict's "The Chrysanthemum and the Sword".
# 29115 | 1,835 words | 5 sources | APA | 2002 | US
Published on Jul 15, 2003 in Anthropology (Asian) , Anthropology (Cultural) , Literature (World) , English (Analysis)

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This paper states that the first generations of ethnographic considered their subjects to be exotic and very different from themselves; whereas, modern anthropologist now approach their subjects as people who are not exactly like themselves and are no longer thought to have inferior cultures. The author continues that this change in anthropology has produced entirely new ways of writing ethnographies. The author applies this approach to the analysis of Timon Screech's 1999 "Sex and the Floating World: Erotic Images in Japan, 1700-1820", which investigates the nexus of gender, sexuality and ambition in ways that are attentive to the intra-cultural variations amongst people and to the famous telling ethnographic story of ambition in Japan in Ruth Benedict's national character study "The Chrysanthemum and the Sword", 1989.

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"Another striking difference between Benedict's work and the Screech's is that Benedict's own gender is invisible in the work: We do not have any sense that this is the perspective of a woman writing about a patriarchal society. This is certainly not true in the modern ethnography, which begins with recognition of the high degree of intracultural variation that exists when one takes as one's cultural reference group an entire nation-state. This attentiveness to individual variation was not yet current during the creation of the kind of ethnography of first-world nations known as national character studies that were popular in the 1930s and 1940s and reflects much of the sensitivity of defining group status that Anderson emphasizes."

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