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Writing Culture and the Life of Anthropology

Edited by
Orin Starn
Orin Starn

Orin Starn is Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Duke University. He is the author of The Passion of Tiger Woods: An Anthropologist Reports on Golf, Race, and Celebrity Scandal and Nightwatch: The Politics of Protest in the Andes, and the coeditor of The Peru Reader, all also published by Duke University Press.

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Duke University Press
ISBN electronic:
978-0-8223-7565-4
Publication date:
2015
Book Chapter

From Village to Precarious Anthropology

By
Anne Allison
Anne Allison
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Published:
March 2015

Pressed by a nagging recession, a declining—and aging—population, insecuritization of employment, and the threat of nuclear contamination, Japanese are struggling with social precarity. More live alone, fewer have regular jobs, and a sense of human disconnectedness is rampant. This chapter considers how one does fieldwork on and in precariousness. It also examines how those most vulnerable to social isolation and everyday risk are coming up with new strategies for redesigning life with others.

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