The Body and Gender
The purpose of this course is to give a deep theoretical and empirical overview of gender, the body, sexuality and society, mainly in contemporary Japan. We will consider the "body" and "gender" as historical and cultural categories and ask: "What is the body?" "What is gender?" "What is sexuality?" "How does ‘culture’ shape the body and gender? We will explore a variety of ethnographic and theoretical materials (including readings and films) on how gender, sexuality and the body has been culturally constructed and experienced in the socio-historical context of postwar Japan.
(Please note, this class is taught in English).
2018. Intimate Japan: Ethnographies of Closeness and Conflict. (co-edited with Allison Alexy). Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press.
2016. Reconstructing Adult Masculinities: Part-time Work in Contemporary Japan. London and New York: Routledge.
For more information see: https://researchmap.jp/cook/