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Title:The Self and the Gift in Japan: A Cognitive View of Ritualized Gift Exchange in Contemporary Western Japan
Author(s):Yamamoto, Yuji
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Lehman, Frederic K.
Department / Program:Anthropology
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Sociology, General
Abstract:Oseibo exchanges provide a site to explore the relationship between the self and others in contemporary Japanese society. The role of the giver or the recever of a gift is composed of a set of obligations/rights between the self and others. However, when the individual attempts to do his/her role performance for others, he/she always has to recognize the deficiency of the exact prescription of his/her role obligations ("cognitive ambiguity" of role or of role obligation). It is in this process of role performance that the individual is willing to express his/her "individuality" in the way of his/her role performance. Through these efforts to express individuality in terms of the ways of accomplishing a role performance, the individual can establish others' "positive evaluation" for his/her "individual-likeness". Hence, by attempting to see the process of the actual performance of an oseibo presentation, we will be able to find out the giver's expressions of his/her "individuality" in the way of his/her gift giving.
Issue Date:2000
Description:626 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2000.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI9990194
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:2000

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