Book Review: Reluctant Intimacies: Japanese Eldercare in Indonesian Hands




Review, immigration, care, Japan, Indonesia


This is a Book Review for the ethnography: Reluctant Intimacies: Japanese Eldercare in Indonesian Hands

Author Biography

Jason Danely, Oxford Brookes University

Jason Danely is Senior Lecturer of Anthropology at Oxford Brookes University and an affiliate of the Centre for Medical Humanities. He has been conducting fieldwork-based ethnographic research looking at aging, caring, grief, and ritual in Japan since 2005. His book, Aging and Loss: Mourning and Maturity in Contemporary Japan was published in 2014 by Rutgers University Press. He is also editor of Transitions and Transformations: Cultural Perspectives on Aging and the Life Course (Berghahn 2013). He serves as President Elect of the Association of Anthropology Gerontology and the Life Course (AAGE) where he had served as Editor-in-Chief of their journal Anthropology & Aging for four years. Jason has received awards from the Fulbright Foundation, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, the Center on Age & Community, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, and the University of California Pacific Rim Research Program. His current research is supported by the John Templeton Foundation and focuses on a cross-cultural comparison of the lived experiences of family caregivers of older adults in Japan and the UK. He received his PhD in Anthropology from the University of California, San Diego.


Faier, Lieba. 2009. Intimate Encounters: Filipina Women and the Remaking of Rural Japan. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Parreñas, Rhacel Salazar. 2015. Servants of Globalization: Migration and Domestic Work, Second Edition. Stanford: Stanford University Press.

Robertson, Jennifer. 2014. “HUMAN RIGHTS VS. ROBOT RIGHTS: Forecasts from Japan.” Critical Asian Studies 46 (4): 571–98. doi:10.1080/14672715.2014.960707.






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