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Profile – Anne Allison

Anne Allison is a professor of cultural anthropology at Duke University where she has conducted research and taught for 20 years. This year she is also acting director of Woman’s Studies. She has worked on Japan for over 30 years. She received her Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Chicago is 1986.

Allison has continued to study desire and commodification of not only people but also objects. In her second project she explored the intersection between materialist relations of production, reproduction and how the creation of object takes place.

The role and prevalence of the commodified good or object works in tandem with the economic landscape of a place. As economics in Japan changed in the 90s, so too did the role of the objects in the lives of the young people in Japan. Allison looks at the role of material in shaping what she calls the Japan Dream:

Produced by Wilson Sayre for the Triangle Center for Japanese Studies

Anne Allison