Introduction: Adachi Akira and Non-modern Area Studies

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July 21, 2018 - 10:12pm

Critical Commentary

Asian and African Area Studies No.13-2 (February, 2014): 101-111

Author: Tatsuro Fujikura

Abstract: This introductory article to the special issue remembering Professor Adachi Akira recollects some aspects of his life and thoughts by looking at some of his writings. It starts from his essay on his undergraduate days at Kyoto University when he was a student of sanitary engineering interested in environmental issues but was disillusioned by professors who spent their carrier, for example, researching about how to contain radioactive waste in cement blocks and dispose them into the sea. The article then reviews some of his academic writings, starting from his study on the labor exchange system in Sinhalese agricultural settlements, moving onto his critical anthropological writings on development, and to his discussions of ‘actor-network theory’ as an exposition of a ‘non-modernist’ area studies. Through this article, I seek to mark out parts of his intellectual itinerary, noting the transformations as well as his enduring concerns such as empirical accuracy, openness, embracement of contingency and complexity, and ecology in its broadest sense.





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Tatsuro Fujikura, "Introduction: Adachi Akira and Non-modern Area Studies", contributed by Yoko Taguchi, STS Infrastructures, Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography, last modified 12 August 2018, accessed 8 June 2023.