Mr. Ainu - cultural mobilization and the practice of ethnicity in a hierarchical culture

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis (monograph)


This thesis discusses cultural change among the Ainu, Japan's indigenous people, its specificity and the circumstances that have led to it. Fieldwork was conducted in Hokkaido, the main territory of the Ainu, during a period of 12 months, stretching from 1985 to 1988. Focusing on strategies makes it possible to lay bare the multiple nature of agency that characterize the interaction between, the Ainu, the larger society and the state. The questions raised concern how the strategies of the Ainu are structured and the stress is on cultural aspects of Ainu contemporary activities and how they have been incorporated into the larger Japanese society.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)


  • social anthropology, ethnicity, sociology, Hokkaido Ainu, Japan, cultural mobibilzation
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
Supervisors/Assistant supervisor
  • Kajsa Ekholm-Friedman, Supervisor
Award date1991 Feb 28
  • Department of Sociology, Lund University
Print ISBNs91-628-0270-0
Publication statusPublished - 1991
Publication categoryResearch

Bibliographic note

Defence details Date: 1991-02-28 Time: 10:15 Place: Lund External reviewer(s) Name: Keesing, Roger Title: professor Affiliation: McGill University ---