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Topics in Contemporary Asia Pacific Societies, 2021/22, Semester 2
Jieun Kim
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Weekly Schedule and Readings

Part 1. Introduction

W14. Mapping the Asia Pacific: From Area Studies and Beyond (JK)

Core Readings:

Cumings, Bruce. 2002. “Boundary Displacement: The State, the Foundations, and Area Studies during and after the Cold War.” In Learning Places: The Afterlives of Area Studies. Edited by Masao Miyoshi, Harry Harootunian, and Rey Chow. Duke University Press.Pp.261-30  

Harootunian, Harry. 2012. “‘Memories of Underdevelopment’ after Area Studies.” Positions: Asia Critique 20 (1): 7–35. 

Lewis, Martin W. 2010. “Locating Asia Pacific: The Politics and Practice of Global Division.” In Remaking Area Studies: Teaching and Learning across Asia and the Pacific. Edited by Terence Wesley-Smith and Jon Gross. University of Hawaii Press. Pp.41-65.  

Further Readings:

Chen, Kuan-Hsing. 2010. Asia as Method: Toward Deimperialization. Duke University Press.

Duara, Prasenjit. 2010. “Asia Redux: Conceptualizing a Region for Our Times.” The Journal of Asian Studies 69 (4): 963–83.

Duara, Prasenjit. 2013. Asia Redux: Conceptualizing a Region for Our Times. Institute of Southeast Asian Studies.

Miyoshi, Masao, Harry Harootunian, and Rey Chow. 2002. Learning Places: The Afterlives of Area Studies. Duke University Press.

Wesley-Smith, Terence, and Jon Goss. 2010. Remaking Area Studies: Teaching and Learning across Asia and the Pacific. University of Hawaii Press.

Wilson, Rob, and Arif Dirlik. 1994. “Introduction: Asia/Pacific as Space of Cultural Production.” Boundary 2 21 (1): 1–14.

Wilson, Rob. 2002. Imagining the “Asia-Pacific” Today: Forgetting Colonialism in the Magical Free Markets of the American Pacific. In Learning Places: The Afterlives of Area Studies. Edited by Masao Miyoshi, Harry Harootunian, and Rey Chow. Duke University Press.Pp.231-260.

W15. Approaching Asian societies: Methods and Data (CRB)

Core Readings:

  1. Cha, J. 2018. Digital Korean studies: recent advances and new frontiers", Digital Library Perspectives. 34(3) pp. 227-244.  
  2. Pierce, R. 2008. Qualitative Versus Quantitative Methods: A Relevant Argument? In: Pierce, R. 2008. Research Methods in Politics. London: SAGE Publications, pp. 40-51. [Available online through the University Library].  
  3. Schneider, F. 2015. Searching for “Digital Asia” in its Networks: Where the Spatial Turn Meets the Digital TurnAsiascape: Digital Asia. 2(1-2), pp.57-92.  

Further Readings:

Digital Humanities Japanese Wiki.

Heinrich, Joseph, Steven J. Heine and Ara Norenzayan. “Most People are not WEIRD” Nature. 499(26).

Huotari, M., Ruland, J. and Schlehe, J. 2014. Methodology and Research Practice in Southeast Asian Studies. London: Springer.

McDonald, Tom. Social media in Rural China. London: UCL Press.

Miller, Daniel A. and Heather A Horst. The Digital and the Human: A Prospectus for a Digital Anthropology.

Miller, R., & Brewer, J. 2013. The A-Z of social research a dictionary of key social science research concepts. London: SAGE.

Postill, John and Sarah Pink. 2012. Social Media Ethnography; The Digital Researcher in a Messy Web. Media International Australia. 145: 123-134.

Samuels, F. (eds). Tips for collecting primary data in a Covid-19 era. Live repository. ODI Toolkits.

Tang, K.L. and Mao, Y.H. (eds). 2020. Digital China. Live repository.

Van Maanen, J., 2011. “Fieldwork, Ethnography, and Culture.” In Tales of the field: On writing ethnography. University of Chicago Press.

Wang, Xinyuan. 2016. Social Media in Industrial China. London: UCL Press.

Part 2. The State, Nationalism and Ethnicity

W16: The State and Embodied Citizenship (JK)

Core Readings:

Mackie, Vera. “Embodiment, Citizenship and Social Policy in Contemporary Japan.” In Roger Goodman, ed. Family and Social Policy in Japan: Anthropological Approaches. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002: 200-229.    

Choo, Hae Yeon. “Gendered Modernity and Ethnicized Citizenship: North Korean Settlers in Contemporary South Korea.” Gender and Society 20.5 (2006): 576-604.  

Ong Aihwa. 1996. “Cultural citizenship as subject-making: immigrants negotiate racial and cultural boundaries in the United States.” Current Anthropology 37(5): 737–762.  

Further Readings:

Choo, Hae Yeon. 2016. Decentering Citizenship: Gender, Labor, and Migrant Rights in South Korea. Stanford University Press.

Foucault, Michel. 1991. “Governmentality.” In The Foucault Effect: Studies in Governmentality. Chicago: University Of Chicago Press.

Kim, Jaeeun. 2016. Contested Embrace: Transborder Membership Politics in Twentieth-Century Korea. Stanford University Press.

Kim, Jaeeun. 2019. “‘Ethnic Capital’ and ‘Flexible Citizenship’ in Unfavourable Legal Contexts: Stepwise Migration of the Korean Chinese within and beyond Northeast Asia.” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 45 (6): 939–57.

Kipnis, Andrew. 2004. “Anthropology and the Theorisation of Citizenship.” The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology 5 (3): 257–78.

Mackie, Vera. 2003. Feminism in Modern Japan: Citizenship, Embodiment and Sexuality. Cambridge University Press.

Mitchell, Tim. 2018. “The State Effect  

Ong, Aihwa. 1999. Flexible Citizenship: The Cultural Logics of Transnationality. Durham: Duke University Press Books.

Ong, Aihwa. 2000. “Graduated Sovereignty in South-East Asia.” Theory, Culture & Society 17 (4): 55–75.

Siddle, Richard. 2003. “The Limits to Citizenship in Japan: Multiculturalism, Indigenous Rights and the Ainu.” Citizenship Studies 7 (4): 447–62.

Steinmetz, George. 2018. State/Culture: State-Formation after the Cultural Turn. Cornell University Press.

W17 Nationhood & identity (CRB)

Core Readings:

  1. De Lang, N.E. 2018. The Rohingya and other Muslim minorities in Myanmar. In: de Varennes, F. and Gardiner, C.M. (eds). Routledge Handbook of Human Rights in Asia. London: Routledge, pp. 158-183. DOI:  
  2. Duara, P. 2006. Nationalism in East Asia. History Compass. 4(3), pp. 407-427. DOI:  
  3. Yeh, D. 2021. Becoming British East Asian and Southeast AsianBritish Journal of Chinese Studies11, 53-70.  

Further Readings:

Carrico, Kevin. The great Han: Race, nationalism, and tradition in China today. Univ of California Press, 2017.

Gros, S. 2004. The politics of names: The identification of the Dulong (Drung) of Northwest Yunnan. China Information, 18(2), 275-302.

Harrell, S. 2001. Ways of Being Ethnic in Southwest China. Seattle: University of Washington Press.

Langlois, A.J. 2018. No Regional Pattern: LGBTIQ Rights and Politics in Asia. In: de Varennes, F. and Gardiner, C.M. (eds). Routledge Handbook of Human Rights in Asia. London: Routledge, pp. 158-183. DOI:

Luo, Y. (2018). An Alternative to the “Indigenous” in Early Twenty-First-Century China: Guizhou’s Branding of Yuanshengtai. Modern China, 44(1), 68–102.

Luo, Y., 2018. Alternative Indigeneity in China? The Paradox of the Buyi in the Age of Ethnic Branding. Verge: Studies in Global Asias, 4(2), pp.107-134. OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (AJ 10/02/2022) 

Roy, R.D. 2018. Opportunities and challenges in implementing indigenous peoples’ human rights in Asia. In: de Varennes, F. and Gardiner, C.M. (eds). Routledge Handbook of Human Rights in Asia. London: Routledge, pp. 158-183. DOI:

Smith. Anthony D. 1991. The Ethnic Origin of Nations.

Yu Luo (2020): Safeguarding intangible heritage through edutainment in China’s creative urban environments, International Journal of Heritage Studies, DOI: 10.1080/13527258.2020.1780463

Part 3. Social Conflicts and Solidarity

W18: Social Inequality, Urban Displacement and Resistance (JK)

Core Readings:

Eom, Sujin. 2020. “Infrastructures of Displacement: The Transpacific Travel of Urban Renewal during the Cold War.” Planning Perspectives 35 (2): 299–319. 

Harvey, David. 2010. “The Right to the City.” In Accumulation by Dispossession: Transformative Cities in the New Global Order. Edited by Swapna Banerjee-Guha. SAGE Publications India. Pp. 17-32.  

Zhang, Li. 2002. “Spatiality and Urban Citizenship in Late Socialist China.” Public Culture 14 (2): 311–34.  

Further Readings:

Allison, Anne. 2013. Precarious Japan. Duke University Press Books.

Cho, Mun Young. 2013. The Specter of “the People”: Urban Poverty in Northeast China. 1 edition. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.

Cho, Mun Young. 2009. “Forced Flexibility: A Migrant Woman’s Struggle for Settlement.” The China Journal 61 (January): 51–76.

Cho, Mun Young. 2010. “On the Edge between ‘the People’ and ‘the Population’: Ethnographic Research on the Minimum Livelihood Guarantee on JSTOR.” The China Quarterly 201: 20–37.

Fowler, Edward. 1996. Sanʾya Blues: Laboring Life in Contemporary Tokyo. xxi, 262 p. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.  

Gill, Tom. 2001. Men of Uncertainty: The Social Organization of Day Laborers in Contemporary Japan. Albany: State University of New York Press.

Harms, Erik. 2013. “Eviction Time in the New Saigon: Temporalities of Displacement in the Rubble of Development.” Cultural Anthropology 28 (2): 344–68.

Harvey, David. 2005. A Brief History of Neoliberalism. 247 p. Oxford ; New York: Oxford University Press.  

Harvey, David. 2005. “Accumulation by Dispossession.” In The New Imperialism. OUP Oxford. Pp.137-182.

Ong, Aihwa. 2006. Neoliberalism as Exception: Mutations in Citizenship and Sovereignty. Illustrated edition. Durham N.C.: Duke University Press.

Song, Jesook. 2009. South Koreans in the Debt Crisis: The Creation of a Neoliberal Welfare Society. Asia-Pacific : Culture, Politics, and Society xxvi, 201 p. Durham [N.C.]: Duke University Press.[u]: mdp.39015084110421.  

Song, Jesook. 2006. “Family Breakdown and Invisible Homeless Women: Neoliberal Governance during the Asian Debt Crisis in South Korea, 1997-2001.” Positions: East Asia Cultures Critique 14 (1): 37–65.

Song, Jesook. 2010. New Millennium South Korea: Neoliberal Capitalism and Transnational Movements. Routledge.

Song, Jesook, and Laam Hae. 2019. On the Margins of Urban South Korea: Core Location as Method and Praxis. University of Toronto Press.

Zhang, Li, and Aihwa Ong. 2015. Privatizing China: Socialism from Afar. Cornell University Press.

Zhang, Li. 2002. Strangers in the City: Reconfigurations of Space, Power, and Social Networks Within China’s Floating Population. 1 edition. Stanford, Calif: Stanford University Press.

Zhang, Li. 2006. “Contesting Spatial Modernity in Late‐Socialist China.” Current Anthropology 47 (3): 461–84.

W19: Modernisation, Globalisation & Humanity (CRB)

Core Readings:

  1. Davies, M. 2017. Important but De-centred: ASEAN’s Role in the Southeast Asian Human Rights Space. Trans –Regional and –National Studies of Southeast Asia. Vol. 5(1), pp.99-119. DOI:  
  2. Kendall, P. 2017. The location of Cultural Authenticity: Identifying the Real and the Fake in Urban Guizhou. The China Journal. 77, pp. 93-109. DOI:  
  3. Yembuu, B. 2016. Mongolian Nomads: Effects of Globalization and Social Change. In: Robertson, M. (eds). Everyday Knowledge, Education and Sustainable Futures. New York: Springer, pp. 89-105.  

Further Readings:

Aikawa-Faure, Noriko. "Excellence and authenticity:'Living National (Human) Treasures' in Japan and Korea." International Journal of Intangible Heritage 9 (2014): 37-51. OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (AJ 10/02/2022) 

Bendix, Regina. In Search of Authenticity: The Formation of Folklore Studies. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press.

Chubb, Andrew. "China's Shanzhai Culture:‘Grabism’ and the politics of hybridity." Journal of Contemporary China 24.92 (2015): 260-279.

Davis, Sara L.M. 2005. Song and Silence: Ethnic Revival on China’s Southwest Borders. New York: Columbia University Press.

Erie, Matthew S. "Sharia, charity, and minjian autonomy in Muslim China: Gift giving in a plural world." American Ethnologist 43.2 (2016): 311-324.

Handler, Richard, and Jocelyn Linnekin. "Tradition, genuine or spurious." The Journal of American Folklore 97.385 (1984): 273-290.

Handler, Richard. 1986. Authenticity. Anthropology Today. 2(1):2-4.

Hobsbawm and Ranger. The Invention of Tradition.

Kendall, Paul. 2016 The location of Cultural Authenticity: Identifying the Real and the Fake in Urban Guizhou. The China Journal.

Kipnis, Andrew B. "The language of gifts: Managing guanxi in a North China village." Modern China 22.3 (1996): 285-314.

McCarthy, Susan. "If Allah wills it: Integration, isolation and Muslim authenticity in Yunnan Province in China." Religion, State and Society 33.2 (2005): 121-136.

Stewart, Susan. 1991. Notes on Distressed Genres. Journal of American Folklore. 104(411):5-31.

Vlastos, Stephen, ed. Mirror of modernity: invented traditions of modern Japan. Vol. 9. Univ of California Press, 1998.

Wang, Xuan. "'I am not a qualified dialect rapper': constructing hip-hop authenticity in China." Sociolinguistic Studies 6.2 (2012): 333.

Yan, Yunxiang. "The culture of guanxi in a North China village." The China Journal 35 (1996): 1-25.

Yang, Mayfair Mei-Hui. "The gift economy and state power in China." Comparative Studies in Society and History 31.1 (1989): 25-54.

Yang, Mayfair. 1994. Gifts, Favors, and Banquets: The Art of Social Relationships in China. Cornell University Press.

Yeh, Emily T. Taming Tibet: Landscape transformation and the gift of Chinese development. Cornell University Press, 2013.

Yu Luo (2020): Safeguarding intangible heritage through edutainment in China’s creative urban environments, International Journal of Heritage Studies, DOI: 10.1080/13527258.2020.1780463

Part 4. Language and Society

W20 Language, Policy & Society (CRB)

Core Readings:

Hoogervorst, T. 2021. “Do You Love China or Not?”: Late Colonial Textbooks to Learn Mandarin through Malay. In: Hoogervorst, T. and Chia, C. 2021. Sinophone Southeast Asia. BRILL, pp. 210-244. DOI:  

Han, Y.W. and Johnson, D.C. 2021. Chinese Language Policy and Uyghur Youth: Examining Language Policies and Language Ideologies. Journal of Language, Identity & Education 20(3), pp. 183-196. DOI: 10.1080/15348458.2020.1753193  

Further Readings:

Billé, Franck. 2010. “Sounds and Scripts of Modernity: Language Ideologies and Prac- tices in Contemporary Mongolia.” Inner Asia 12(2):231–52.

Heinrich, P., 2004. Language planning and language ideology in the Ryūkyū Islands. Language policy, 3(2), pp.153-179.

Heinrich, P., 2012. The making of monolingual Japan: Language ideology and Japanese modernity (Vol. 146). Multilingual matters.

Heinrich, Patrick. 2012. The Making of Monolingual Japan: Language Ideology and Jap- anese Modernity. Buffalo, N.Y.: Multilingual Matters.

Hill, J.H. & K.C. Hill. 1980. Mixed grammar, purist grammar, and language attitudes in modern Nahuatl. Language in Society 9(3): 321–48.

Inoue, Miyako. 2006. Vicarious Language: Gender and Linguistic Modernity in Japan. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Irvine, J.T., & S. Gal. 2000. Language ideology and linguistic differentiation, in P. Kroskrity (ed.), Regimes of Language: Ideologies, politics, identities: 35–83. Santa Fe (NM): School of American Research Press.

  1. Zhou & H. Sun (eds), Language Policy in the People’s Republic of China: Theory and practice since 1949: 71–95. New York (NY): Kluwer Academic.

Tam, Gina Anne. 2020. Dialect and Nationalism in China, 1860–1960. Cambridge University Press.

Woolard, K. A., & Schieffelin, B. B. (1994). Language ideology. Annual review of anthropology, 23(1), 55-82.

W21 Analysing Social Phenomena & Language Practice (CRB)

Core Readings:

  1. Kong, A. and Yu, X. 2019. Bilingual education for a harmonious multiculturalism: the importance of policy discourse for students of ethnic minority groups in China. Multicultural Education Review. 11(3), pp. 189-215. DOI:
  2. Piller, I., Zhang, J., and Li, J. 2020. Linguistic diversity in a time of crisis: Language challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Multilingua. 39(5), pp. 503-515. DOI:

Further Reading:

Bulag, Uradyn, 2002. Mongolian Ethnicity and Language Anxiety in China. American Anthropologist. 105(4): 753-763.

Dong, Jie. 2010. The Enregisterment of Putonghua in Practice. Language & Communication. 30:265-275.

Roche, G. and Lugyal bum. 2017. The Revitalization of Tibetan.

Shakya, T.W. 1994. Politicisation and the Tibetan language, in R. Barnett & S. Akiner (eds), Resistance and Reform in Tibet: 157–165. Bloomington (IN): Indiana University Press.

Talant Mawkanuli (2001): The Jungar Tuvas: Language and national identity in the PRC, Central Asian Survey, 20:4, 497-517

Part 5. The Body, Health and the Environment

W22 The Body and Health in and beyond the Pandemic (JK)

Core Readings:

Chuengsatiansup, Komatra. 2008. “Ethnography of Epidemiologic Transition: Avian Flu, Global Health Politics and Agro-Industrial Capitalism in Thailand.” Anthropology & Medicine 15 (1): 53–59. 

Lynteris, Christos. 2018. “Plague Masks: The Visual Emergence of Anti-Epidemic Personal Protection Equipment.” Medical Anthropology 37 (6): 442–57. 

Mason, Katherine A. 2012. “Mobile Migrants, Mobile Germs: Migration, Contagion, and Boundary-Building in Shenzhen, China after SARS.” Medical Anthropology 31 (2): 113–31. 

Further Readings:

Adams, Vincanne, and Sienna Craig. 2008. “Global Pharma in the Land of Snows: Tibetan Medicines, SARS, and Identity Politics Across Nations.” Asian Medicine 4 (1): 1–28.

Auewarakul, Prasert, Wanna Hanchaoworakul, and Kumnuan Ungchusak. 2008. “Institutional Responses to Avian Influenza in Thailand: Control of Outbreaks in Poultry and Preparedness in the Case of Human-to-Human Transmission.” Anthropology & Medicine 15 (1): 61–67.

Fearnley, Lyle. 2020. Virulent Zones: Animal Disease and Global Health at China’s Pandemic Epicenter. Durham N.C.: Duke University Press.

Foucault, Michel. 1990. The History of Sexuality, Vol. 1: An Introduction. Reissue edition. New York: Vintage.

Foucault, Michel. 2010. The Birth of Biopolitics: Lectures at the Collège de France, 1978--1979. Reprint edition. New York: Picador.

Kaufman, Joan A. 2008. “China’s Heath Care System and Avian Influenza Preparedness.” The Journal of Infectious Diseases 197 (Supplement_1): S7–13.

Keck, Frédéric. 2020. Avian Reservoirs: Virus Hunters and Birdwatchers in Chinese Sentinel Posts. Durham N.C.: Duke University Press.

Kleinman, Arthur, and James L. Watson. 2006. SARS in China: Prelude to Pandemic? Stanford University Press.

Kleinman, Arthur M., Barry R. Bloom, Anthony Saich, Katherine A. Mason, and Felicity Aulino. 2008. “Asian Flus in Ethnographic and Political Context: A Biosocial Approach.” Anthropology & Medicine 15 (1): 1–5.

Lakoff, Andrew. 2020. Unprepared: Global Health in a Time of Emergency. Berkeley, C.A.: University of California Press.

Lynteris, Christos. 2016. Ethnographic Plague: Configuring Disease on the Chinese-Russian Frontier. Springer.

Mason, Katherine A. 2016. Infectious Change: Reinventing Chinese Public Health After an Epidemic | Katherine A. Mason. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.

Mason, Katherine A. 2020. “Epidemiologizing Culture: Scaling Chineseness through Narratives of Stigma in New York City.” Medical Anthropology Quarterly n/a (n/a).

Zhan, Mei. 2005. “Civet Cats, Fried Grasshoppers, and David Beckham’s Pajamas: Unruly Bodies after SARS.” American Anthropologist 107 (1): 31–42.

W23: Climate & Environment (CRB)

Core Readings:

  1. Urban, F., Siciliano, G., & Nordensvard, J. 2017. China's dam-builders: their role in transboundary river management in South-East Asia. International Journal of water resources development. 34(5), pp. 747–770.  
  2. Kameyama, Y., Ono, K. 2021. The development of climate security discourse in Japan. Sustainability Science.16, pp.271–281. DOI: 
  3. Kalinowski, T. 2021. The politics of climate change in a neo-developmental state: The case of South Korea. International Political Science Review. 42(1), pp. 48-63. DOI:  
  4. “Is Coercive Environmentalism the Answer?” Sinica Podcast. 3 December 2020.  
  5. Further Readings:

Ahlers, Anna L. and Yongdong Shen. 2018. Breathe Easy? Local Nuances of Authoritarian Environmentalism in China’s Battle Against Air Pollution. China Quarterly. 234, pp.299-319.

Barstow, Geoffrey. 2017. Food of Sinful Demons: Meat, Vegetarianism, and the Limits of Buddhism in Tibet. Columbia University Press.

Bender, M., 2008. " Tribes of snow": animals and plants in the Nuosu Book of Origins. Asian ethnology, 67(1): 5-42.

Coggins, Chris. 2003. Introduction: A Short History of Nature Conservation in China. In The Tiger and the Pangolin: Nature, Culture, and Conservation in China. University of Hawai’i Press, pp.1-28. Kabzung Gaerrang. 2017. Tibetan Buddhism, Wetland Transformation, and Environmentalism in Tibetan Areas of Western China. Conservation and Society. 15(1): 14- 23. 

Cresswell, Tim. 2004. Place: A Short Introduction. Blackwell.

Frake, Charles O. "Cultural ecology and ethnography." American Anthropologist (1962): 53-59.

Huber, Toni and Poul pederson. 1997. Meteorological Knowledge and Environmental ideas in Traditional and Modern in Societies: The Case of Tibet. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. 3(3): 577-597.

Kabzung Gaerrang. 2015. Development as Entangled Knot: The Case of the Slaughter Renunciation Movement in Tibet, China. Journal of Asian Studies. 74(4): 927-951.

Li, Yifei and Judith Shapiro. 2020. China Goes Green: Coercive Environmentalism for a Troubled Planet. John Wiley & Sons.

Nesadurai, N. and Dao, H. 2021. How Asia Can Achieve a Just Energy Transition in a Post-COVID World. The Diplomat. Available at:

Puts, C. 2020. Clare Richardson-Barlow on East Asia’s Turn to Renewable Energy. The Diplomat. Available at:

Shapiro, Judith. Mao's war against nature: Politics and the environment in revolutionary China. Cambridge University Press, 2001.

Smith, T. and Varkkay, H. 2020. COVID-19, Southeast Asian Haze, and Socioenvironmental-Epidemiological Feedbacks. LSE: London. Available at:

Suriyankietkaew, S. and Nimsai, S. 2021. COVID-19 Impacts and Sustainability Strategies for Regional Recovery in Southeast Asia: Challenges and Opportunities. Sustainability. 13(8907), pp. 1-28. Available at:

Zhang, J.J. and Savage, V.R. 2019. Southeast Asia’s transboundary haze pollution: Unravelling the inconvenient truth. Asia Pacific Viewpoint. 60(3), pp. 355-369. Available at:

Part 6. The Future of Social Studies

W24 Beyond the Human-centric Approach (JK)

Core Readings:

Tsing, Anna. 2013. “Sorting out Commodities: How Capitalist Value Is Made through Gifts.” HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory 3 (1): 21–43. 

Robertson, Jennifer. 2014. “HUMAN RIGHTS VS. ROBOT RIGHTS: Forecasts from Japan.” Critical Asian Studies 46 (4): 571–98. 

Hansen, Paul. 2014. “Hokkaido’s Frontiers: Blurred Embodiments, Shared Affects and the Evolution of Dairy Farming’s Animal-Human-Machine.” Critique of Anthropology 34 (1): 48–72. 

Further Readings:

Jensen, Casper Bruun, Miho Ishii, and Philip Swift. 2016. “Attuning to the Webs of En: Ontography, Japanese Spirit Worlds, and the ‘Tact’ of Minakata Kumagusu.” HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory 6 (2): 149–72.

Hansen, Paul. 2010. “Milked for All They Are Worth: Hokkaido Dairies and Chinese Workers.” Culture & Agriculture 32 (2): 78–97.

———. 2020. “Linking Cosmopolitan and Multispecies Touch in Contemporary Japan.” Japan Forum 32 (4): 484–510.

Haraway, Donna. 2015. “Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Plantationocene, Chthulucene: Making Kin.” Environmental Humanities 6 (1): 159–65.

Latour, Bruno. 2005. Reassembling the Social: An Introduction to Actor-Network-Theory. OUP Oxford.

Robertson, Jennifer. 2007. “Robo Sapiens Japanicus: Humanoid Robots and the Posthuman Family.” Critical Asian Studies 39 (3): 369–98.

Rambelli, Fabio. 2019. Spirits and Animism in Contemporary Japan: The Invisible Empire. Bloomsbery Academy.

Robertson, Jennifer. 2018. Robo Sapiens Japanicus: Robots, Gender, Family, and the Japanese Nation. Univ of California Press.

Robertson, Jennifer. 2018. “Robot Reincarnation: Rubbish, Artefacts, and Mortuary Rituals.” In Consuming Life in Post-Bubble Japan: A Transdisciplinary Perspective, edited by Katarzyna J. Cwiertka and Ewa Machotka, 153–72. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.

Tsing, Anna Lowenhaupt. 2015. The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins. Princeton University Press.

Yoneyama, Shoko. 2018. Animism in Contemporary Japan: Voices for the Anthropocene from Post-Fukushima Japan. Routledge.

This list was last updated on 16/12/2021