An Archaeological History of Japan, 30,000 B.C. to A.D. 700

An original, substantial contribution to interpretive archaeology (the first of its kind for Japan and East Asia), An Archaeological History of Japan addresses a broad range of issues concerning the self-identification of groups and the use of the past in contemporary society.

An Archaeological History of Japan, 30,000 B.C. to A.D. 700

Koji Mizoguchi

2002 | 288 pages | Cloth $69.95
Archaeology | History | Anthropology
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Table of Contents

List of Figures

Introduction: Self-Identification, Paradox, and the Japanese

1. What Does It Mean To Be What We Are?
—The "Japanese" in 30,000 B.P.
—Body, Mind, and Identity
—Spatio-Temporal Organization of Everyday Life

2. Archaeology and Self-Identification: The Structures of a Contemporary Japanese Topography of Identities
—Identity, Self-Identification, and the Past
—Three Period-Specific Archaeologies
—Beyond the Topography of Relativistic Cynicism
—Expectation, Self-Identification, and Material Culture

3. The Topography of Traveling and Encounters: The Paleolithic and the Initial Jomon Periods
—Climatic Conditions and the Changing Shape of the Land
—Spatio-Temporal Organization in the Late Paleolithic
—Emerging Fixity
—The Traveling Self and the Omnipresence of the Other

4. The Topography of Scheduling: The Spatio-Temporal Organization of Social Life and the Jomon-Self
—Mapping the Trajectories of Change
—The Earlier Jomon
—The Later Jomon
—Scheduling and Egalitarianism in a Complex Topography of Identities

5. The Topography of Division: Paddies, the Other and the Yayoi-Self
—The Beginning
—The Early to Early Middle Yayoi
—The Process Toward the Late Middle Yayoi Climax
—The Late Yayoi
—Emergent Division in the Topography of Identities

6. The Topography of Exclusion Through Inclusion: The Kofun-Self
—The Internalization and Glorification of the Other
—The Emergent Topography of Despotism
—The Anxiety and Solitude of Being-in-the-World

7. The Changing Topography of Identities: A Long-Term View	
—The Late Paleolithic/Incipient Jomon
—The Jomon
—The Yayoi
—The Kofun

8. Conclusion: The Changing Topography of Identities, the Other, and the Nonexistence of the Essence of Identity