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Contemporary Asian Studies Cluster

NameMinori MATSUTANI
Assistant Professor
E-mail: mmatsuta@mail.doshisha.ac.jp
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Research Areas

Sociology
Migration Studies

Message to students

As a sociologist, I have been attracted to fieldwork for more than ten years. My guiding principle: visit the original site in question rather than relying upon TV news or online videos. Nowadays, telecommunications enable us to contact interviewees over long distances, but I still like to catch the silhouette of their life stories with the scenery, sound, smell, taste and history of the place(s) in which they live. My recent research project focuses on the youngest generation’s mobility through globalizing labor markets in East Asia. I am keen to work with students who are interested in sociology in general, especially migration studies, youth studies or labor studies.

A university environment provides good opportunities and comfortable surroundings for reading and discussion. As students, you can develop a broad range of knowledge and new critical perspectives through encounters with books/documents, as well as people with diverse social background. These influences can help you identify your own research topics. Though not always as efficient as we might like, this process is exciting enough to challenge us intellectually. I look forward to embarking upon this process with you.
 

 我主修社会学,被田野调查的魅力所吸引已十余年。自觉自身在变化无穷的现场是件重要的事情。现在虽然用电话、邮件联络也十分方便,然而还是通过直接与叙述者面谈,感受现场的环境、历史、声音、气味,来亲身体会现场的一切更为心仪。
 我对日本人的国际迁移非常感兴趣。为了研究日本人复杂的迁移过程,我自身也经常来往于上海、香港、新加坡、大阪、东京等城市。在亚洲这个剧变的舞台上,我最关心的是种族、劳动、阶层问题。
 大学,是学生读书和交流的场所。在这里你不仅可以与你相同背景的人相会,也可以碰到很多不同价值观、甚至是不同文化圈的人。我希望同学们通过阅读、通过与更多人的相处,学到新的知识,发现多样的视角,最终找到自己理想想的研究题目。这个过程,可能不是最效率的,但一定是非常令人兴奋的。同时在这个过程中,我也希望能尽我所能帮助到你们。
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