Book ID: CBB545620371

Into the Field: Human Scientists of Transwar Japan (2019)


Kadia, Miriam L. Kingsberg (Author)

Stanford University Press

Publication Date: 2019
Physical Details: 344
Language: English

In the 1930s, a cohort of professional human scientists coalesced around a common and particular understanding of objectivity as the foundation of legitimate knowledge, and of fieldwork as the pathway to objectivity. Into the Field is the first collective biography of this cohort, evocatively described by one contemporary as the men of one age. At the height of imperialism, the men of one age undertook field research in territories under Japanese rule in pursuit of "objective" information that would justify the subjugation of local peoples. After 1945, amid the defeat and dismantling of Japanese sovereignty and under the occupation and tutelage of the United States, they returned to the field to create narratives of human difference that supported the new national values of democracy, capitalism, and peace. The 1968 student movement challenged these values, resulting in an all-encompassing attack on objectivity itself. Nonetheless, the legacy of the men of one age lives on in the disciplines they developed and the beliefs they established about human diversity.

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Authors & Contributors
Whiting, Sarah M.
Burnett, Graham
Ingraham, Catherine
Suzuki, Akihito
Seguin, Eve
Nakayama, Shigeru
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
East Asian Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
化学史研究 [Kagakushi kenkyū; Journal of the Japanese Society for the History of Chemistry]
Social Studies of Science
Earth Sciences History: Journal of the History of the Earth Sciences Society
Trans Pacific Press
University of Calgary Press
Princeton University
University of Chicago Press
Science and society
Field work
Science and politics
Human sciences
Medicine and society
Kanamori, Osamu
Latour, Bruno
Bloor, David
Majima, Rikou
Porsild, Alf Erling
Lysenko, Trofim Denisovich
Time Periods
20th century
21st century
19th century
20th century, early
Shŏwa period (Japan, 1926-1989)
United States
Western states (U.S.)
Arctic regions
Iwakura (Japan)
Carnegie Museum of Natural History (Pittsburgh)
American Museum, New York City
University of Nebraska
University College, London

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