Dr. Jason Danely is a Reader in Anthropology and Chair of the Healthy Ageing & Care Research Innovation and Knowledge Exchange Network. His research expertise relates to cultural understandings and experiences of ageing and care in Japan, where he has at various times taught, studied, performed theatre, travelled, meditated and raised children, over the last twenty years. Jason completed his PhD in anthropology at the University of California, San Diego. Before joining Brookes in 2014, he held teaching posts in the USA at Rhode Island College and Grand Valley State University. He has also received Postdoctoral Fellowships from The Center on Age and Community (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee), and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (Kyoto University). Jason has been invited to present his research on ageing to audiences around the world, including Japan, the USA, the Netherlands, Singapore, and Canada. Jason was President of the Association for Anthropology, Gerontology and the Life Course (2016-18) and Convenor/Founder of the EASA Age and Generations Network (2018-2020), the first scholarly network of Europe-based anthropologists researching aging. Jason is currently the Chair of the WAU/IUAES Scientific Commission on Aging and the Life Course.
In 2015, Jason was one of 20 early-career scholars from around the world to be awarded a John Templeton Foundation Enhancing Life Project Award. Jason's project examined compassion and vulnerability in the context of unpaid care in two aging societies (Japan and England). His latest book, Fragile Resonance: Caring for Older Family Members in Japan and England (out October 2022) is based on this research. His current research focuses on the lives of formerly incarcerated older adults in Japan and England,
Teaching and supervision
- Introduction to Japanese Society and Culture (ANTH4004)
- Personhood Gender and the Body in Contemporary Japan (ANTH5001)
- Minorities and Marginality: Class and Conflict in Japan (ANTH6002)
- Culture and Care (ANTH6010)
Currently accepting Masters by Research or MPhil/PhD research students
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Dr. Jason Danely has expertise on the cultural dimensions of ageing, caring, family relations, and mortuary and memorial ritual practices in Japan. In 2018, he was awarded an SSRC Abe Fellowship for his research on the resettlement of formerly incarcerated older adults in Japan and the UK.
Jason is interested in supervising postgraduate work in psychological and medical anthropology, ageing and the life course, care, religious and ritual practice, issues surrounding frailty, death and dying, incarceration and care of criminalised older people.
Centres and institutes
- Comparison of older ex-offender resettlement and community-based organisations for reducing recidivi
Projects as Principal Investigator, or Lead Academic if project is led by another Institution
- Sasakawa Studentship 2023 (01/09/2023 - 31/08/2024), funded by: Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, funding amount received by Brookes: £10,000
- Sasakawa Studentship 2022 (01/09/2022 - 31/08/2023), funded by: Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, funding amount received by Brookes: £10,000
Danely J, 'What older prisoners teach us about care and justice in an aging world'
Anthropology and Aging 43 (1) (2022) pp.58-65
ISSN: 2374-2267 eISSN: 2374-2267Abstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
Danely J, 'The limits of dwelling and the unwitnessed death'
Cultural Anthropology 34 (2) (2019) pp.213-239
ISSN: 0886-7356 eISSN: 1548-1360Abstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
Pickard S, Cluley V, Danely J, Laceulle H, Leon-Salas J, Vanhoutte B, Romero-Ortuno R, 'New horizons in frailty: the contingent, the existential and the clinical'
Age and Ageing 48 (4) (2019) pp.466-471
ISSN: 0002-0729 eISSN: 1468-2834Abstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
Danely J, 'Carer narratives of fatigue and endurance in Japan and England'
Subjectivity 10 (4) (2017) pp.411-426
ISSN: 1755-6341 eISSN: 1755-635XAbstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
Danely J, 'A Watchful Presence: Aesthetics of Well-Being in a Japanese Pilgrimage'
Ethnos 82 (1) (2017) pp.165-192
ISSN: 0014-1844 eISSN: 1469-588XAbstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
Danely J, 'Affect, Infrastructure, and Vulnerability: Making and breaking Japanese eldercare'
Medicine Anthropology Theory 3 (2) (2016) pp.198-222
ISSN: 2405-691XAbstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
Danely J, 'Hope in an Ageing Japan: Transience and transcendence'
Contemporary Japan 28 (1) (2016) pp.13-31
ISSN: 1869-2737Abstract Published here Open Access on RADAR