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Department of Social Sciences
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
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Jason Danely completed his PhD in anthropology at the University of California, San Diego. Before joining Brookes in 2014, Dr. Danely held teaching posts at Rhode Island College and Grand Valley State University, and 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). His research expertise relates to ageing and care in Japan, where he has at various times taught, studied, performed theater, traveled, meditated and raised children, over the last twenty years.
Currently accepting Masters by Research or PhD research students
Dr. Danely has expertise on the cultural dimensions of ageing, caring, family relations, and everyday ritual practices in Japan (more details here). In 2015, he was one of 35 scholars from around the world to be awarded a two-year Enhancing Life Project Grant to conduct a cross-cultural comparative study of compassionate values among family carers of older adults in Japan and the UK. He has accepted a SSRC Abe Fellowship for 2018-19 for his research on older ex-offender resettlement in Japan and the U.K.He is interested in supervising postgraduate work in psychological and medical anthropology, ageing and the life course, care, religious and ritual practice, issues surrounding death and dying, and contemporary Japanese culture and society.
2018 SSRC Abe Fellowship ($82,000) ‘Comparison of older ex-offender resettlement and community-based organizations for reducing recidivism in Japan and in the United Kingdom’ (with Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology).
2016 British Academy Conference Award 'Vulnerability and the Politics of Care'
2016 Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation Small Grant (No. 4922) Dynamics of Japan’s Ageing Prison Population (£4000) co-applicant
2015 Enhancing Life Project Early Career Scholar Award ($50,000), University of Chicago/Ruhr University Bochum. Funded by the John Templeton Foundation
2013 Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Short-Term Postdoctoral Fellowship (Sept. 13, 2013- July 12, 2014) (PE13251)
2017- Dynamics of Japan’s Ageing Prison Population. Literature review and networking in Japan to build a collaborative funding proposal to study older ex-offenders and community.
2015-17 Compassionate Values for Enhancing Life and Futures of Global Ageing. Participant Observation and open-ended interviews with carers of older adults in Oxfordshire County.
2013-14 Making Care Meaningful: Coherence, Culture and Coping among Japanese Familial Caregivers for the Frail Elderly. Fieldwork-based qualitative ethnographic research. JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow, Kokoro Research Center, Kyoto University, Japan.
This article examines practices of watching and walking as aesthetic staging grounds for the embodiment of social values, well-being, and aged subjectivities. Using a small, grassroots neighbourhood-watch “pilgrimage" created by and for older adults in Kyoto, Japan as my primary case study, I describe how the sacred meanings of pilgrimage come to inhabit spaces of civic social engagement (and vice versa) and elder subjectivity through practices of mapping, record-keeping, and ritual. I argue that following these practices with the older adult pilgrims leads us beyond what Coleman (2002) referred to as a theoretical “pilgrimage ghetto,” and creates openings to engage with multiple registers of intersubjective practice: watching and being watched over; grounding and transcending. Watching and walking also contest the marginality, dependence, and precarious invisibility that dominate popular discourse on aging in contemporary Japan.
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