Japanese Whaling?: End of an Era

1st Edition

Arne Kalland, Brian Moeran

Routledge
Published February 27, 2013
Reference - 246 Pages
ISBN 9780415845441 - CAT# Y150675
Series: Routledge Library Editions: Japan

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Summary

This book gives a social anthropological account of whaling culture in Japan. When originally published this was the first comprehensive account in English of the history of Japanese whaling, showing how it has given rise to a particular culture. The volume discusses what happens when that culture is threatened. At the same time as explaining the work organization of those involved in whaling, the role of whaling companies in local and national economies, and the role of the whale in the establishment and maintenance of local community identity (ritual, food, gift-giving), the authors address the wider political and so-called "environmental" issues surrounding whaling in general, and Japanese whaling in particular.

 

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