Professor NUMAZAKI Ichiro

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From research to practice ― and to research again

In high school I wanted to “know everything about humans” and fell in love with anthropology. An anthropologist travels to some faraway land all by himself, spends a long time there and paints the complete picture of some foreign culture — I was entranced by that research style.
As a doctoral student, I spent three years in Taiwan gathering materials for my thesis. Thirty years have passed, but still I continue to observe Taiwan. I will study “economic and social changes” of the country for as long as I live. I also became involved in the exchange between Japan and Taiwan, and especially between Sendai and Tainan in the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.
I remember my shock as a new faculty member when I realized I could not skip classes any more. It feels even stranger that even though I am getting older, my students are always young. Still, we eat and drink together and talk for hours. I have been enjoying this happy life for more than twenty five years.
Living in Japan I have participated in many social movements: the movement for separate surnames (for married couples), support groups for the victims of sexual harassment and domestic violence, promotion of the independence of the individuals with disabilities, support for foreign residents, and so on. This is how I discovered new research themes, such as “culture and human rights”, or “gender and violence”.
And so I continue circulating between research and practice.

  • Research, History
  • Books, papers, etc.
  • Courses
    Report Writing in the Social Sciences; Cultural Anthropology (General Lecture); Cultural Anthropology (Seminar); Cultural Anthropology (Field Research)
    Personal History
    1982 Graduated from the Faculty of Arts and Letters, Tohoku University
    1991 Completed the doctoral program (without a doctoral degree) at the Graduate School of Michigan State University
    1992 Received a Ph.D. in anthropology at Michigan State University

    1991 Lecturer, Faculty of Arts and Letters, Tohoku University
    Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts and Letters, Tohoku University
    2004 Appointed to current position
    2000-2001 Guest Researcher, Harvard–Yenching Institute
    Ph.D. (Anthropology)
    Anthropology; Taiwan Studies; Human Rights; Gender Theory (particularly Masculinity Studies )
    Research Subject
    Economic Development and Sociocultural Change in Taiwan (1986-present);
    Culture and human rights (1991-present);
    Gender and violence (2000-present);
    History of American anthropology (2010-present)
    Taiwan; human rights; masculinity; violence; cultural relativism; cultural evolutionism
    The Japanese Society of Cultural Anthropology; The Japan Association for Taiwan Studies; East Asian Anthropological Association
    Database of Researchers Information
  • Books
    Academic Papers
    「「生の流儀(Way of Life)」としての文化―ボアズ派人類学のアメリカ的転回(1)―」、『東北大学文学研究科研究年報』66号、2017、33-66
    「アルフレッド・クローバーにおける「文化」と「文明」 ―『人類学』1923年版と1948年版を中心に―」、『東北大学文学研究科研究年報』64号、2015、88-114