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Title:Japanese Anthropological Research in Africa
Author:Peek, Philip M.ISNI
Periodical:African Studies Review
Geographic terms:Africa
Subjects:African studies
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Anthropology and Archaeology
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/524629
Abstract:This review surveys the development of anthropological research on Africa by Japanese scholars. One of the centres of African studies in Japan is Kyoto University, with its primate research and study of human evolution, which have had an impact on the general anthropological study of African cultures by the Japanese. Ecology is a major theme in Japanese African studies and this is reflected at Kyoto. Other centres include the Institute for the Study of Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa (ILCAA, Tokyo), and the Institute of Developing Economies (IDE, Tokyo). Museums housing collections of African material include the National Museum of Ethnology (Osaka) and the Little World Museum of Man (Inuyama). A sketch is presented of the general context in which Japanese Africanist scholars work, the disciplinary themes which have developed and the areas in Africa where scholars have worked. Japanese African anthropological studies are characterized by the fact that they are multidisciplinary as often as they are interdisciplinary, and by the emphasis put on regional studies, microdemographic studies, studies of oral tradition, studies of material culture, and the ecological approach. A bibliography of Japanese publications on Africa in English and French concludes the article. This compilation also includes a list of series published by several institutions. Bibliogr., notes.