We'll be changing this menu soon - all of these links and more will be on a new staff homepage. Try the new page now »
Go to the Staff section
Go to the Alumni section
Go to the Subjects section
Go to the Research section
Go to the Staff and students section
Go to the About section
return to full list
Department of Social Sciences
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
+44 (0)1865 483975
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 theatre, travelled, meditated and raised children, over the last twenty years.
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.
More people in Japan are living into old age than ever before, and most will receive care from a spouse or adult child in the years prior to death. I argue that this care, and the ways it affects emotional adjustment in bereavement, are the most important factors shaping patterns of mourning and memorial in contemporary Japan. By turning from the spectacle of collective and public rituals around death and examining individual narratives, I show how care becomes the basis for the experience of what Strait calls “entangled agency” and Marshall Sahlins refers to as “mutuality of being” with the deceased after the care has “ended.” I argue that providing care for a dying older person entails practices, sensibilities, and affective attunements that bring about transformations of the self that persist after death. The imagined transformations of the deceased in the “other world” mirror those created by carers through objects, images, memories, and practices of mourning.
Organized workshops and conferences