Emma Cook degree icon

Associate Professor

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Research Faculty of Media and Communication, Hokkaido University

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Feel free to contact me at:

cook [at] imc.hokudai.ac.jp


I am a social anthropologist with interests ranging from food, gender, employment, family, intimacy, risk, emotion, health and well-being. My current research cross-culturally explores social experiences of food allergies in Japan and the UK. I joined Hokkaido University in April 2013 where I teach on and co-coordinate the BA in Modern Japanese Studies which began in the Fall of 2014.

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My research interests cover a variety of areas that include issues of food, health, identity, gender, masculinities, labour, family relationships, intimacy, and well being in Japan and the UK.

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Latest News

New Book: Intimate Japan: Ethnographies of Closeness and Conflict

I’m happy to announce the publication of my co-edited book ‘Intimate Japan: Ethnographies of Closeness and Conflict‘, published with University of Hawai’i Press. Please check it out!

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November 22, 2018

Two new articles

Two new articles were recently published: ‘(Dis)Connections & Silence: Experiences of Family and Part-time Work in Japan‘ Japanese Studies, September 2016 ‘Adulthood as Action: Changing Meanings of Adulthood for Male Part-Time Workers in Contemporary Japan.‘ Asian Journal of Social Science Vol. 44, Issue 3, pp. 317-337 If you’re interested, please check them out. Both have …

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September 16, 2016

Book Publication

At the beginning of 2016 my new book titled Reconstructing Adult Masculinities: Part-time Work in Contemporary Japan was published by Routledge. A 20% discount coupon is downloadable on my Academia.edu page at the following link: https://www.academia.edu/19530083/Reconstructing_Adult_Masculinities_Part-time_Work_in_Contemporary_Japan

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April 19, 2016

Article Publication

My most recent article, ‘Intimate Expectations and Practices: Freeter Relationships and Marriage in Contemporary Japan’ has just been released in Asian Anthropology. The full text is available for the first 50 viewers without subscription here: http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/xK4TnwP35BysyQVXMqZ3/full

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March 28, 2014