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Different Differences: Place and Sex in Anthropology, Feminism, and Cultural Studies

Anne Allison

in Permitted and Prohibited Desires

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2000 | ISBN: 9780520219908
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520923447 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520219908.003.0001
Different Differences: Place and Sex in Anthropology, Feminism, and Cultural Studies

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This chapter lays out the scholarly position in terms of the academic fields of Japanese studies, anthropology, feminism, and cultural studies. Looking at the various academic blind spots against theory in Japanese studies, for example, and sexuality in anthropology, the discussion makes a case for studying sexuality even in a non-western culture with a version of psychoanalytic theory. It explores two stories. One is of the author's postdoctoral research project on Japanese motherhood in 1987; the other is of a Japanese professional as he embarked upon his career in 1932.

Keywords: feminism; ethnography; cultural studies; Japan; sexuality; psychoanalytic theory; Japanese motherhood

Chapter.  13168 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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