My Publications

Below are my publications that partially or entirely focus on life in Tōhoku.

Books

Traphagan, John W. 2013. Rethinking Autonomy: A Critique of Principlism in Biomedical Ethics. Albany: State University of New York Press.

Thompson, C. S. and John W. Traphagan (eds.). 2006. Wearing Cultural Styles in Japan: Concepts of Tradition and Modernity in Practice. Albany: State University of New York Press.

Traphagan, John W. 2004. The Practice of Concern: Ritual, Well-Being, and Aging in Rural Japan. Durham: Carolina Academic Press.

Traphagan, John W. and John Knight (eds.) 2003. Demographic Change and the Family in Japan’s Aging Society. Albany: State University of New York Press.

Traphagan, John W. 2000. Taming Oblivion: Aging Bodies and the Fear of Senility in Japan. Albany: State University of New York Press.

Journal Articles

Traphagan, John W. In press. Empty Houses, Abandoned Graves:  Negative Population Growth and New Ideas in Neo-rural Japan.  Brown Journal of World Affairs 24(2).

Traphagan, John W.   Entrepreneurs in Rural Japan: Gender, Blockage, and the Pursuit of Existential Meaning.  Asian Anthropology 16(2): 77 – 94.

Traphagan, John W.   Demographic Issues in East Asia.  Georgetown Journal of International Affairs 15(2):17-26.

Connor, Blaine P. and John W. Traphagan. 2014. Negotiating the Afterlife: Emplacement as Process in Contemporary Japan. Asian Anthropology 13(1):1-17.

Traphagan, John W.   Mental Health, Suicide, and Self-Centered Behavior: Focus 0n the Japanese Family and the Elderly.  Care Management Journals 14(1):32-40.

Traphagan, John W. 2013. Ritualle Modulation, Liminalität und die Nembutsu-Praxis im Bäuerlichen Japan. Paragrana: Internationale Zeitschrift für Historische Anthropologie 22(1): 197-213.

Traphagan, John W. 2013. Ritual Modulation, Liminality, and the Nembutsu Cult in Rural Japan. Journal of Ritual Studies 27(2): 33-44.

Traphagan, John W. 2013. Suicide and the Elderly in Post-Disaster Northeastern Japan. Care Management Journals 14(1): 32-40.

Traphagan, John W. 2010. Intergenerational Ambivalence, Power, and Perceptions of Elder Suicide in Rural Japan. Journal of Intergenerational Relationships 8(1): 21-37.

Traphagan, John W. 2009. The Oddness of Things: Morality Games and Interpretations of Social Change among Elders in Rural Japan. Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology 10(4): 329-347.

Traphagan, John W. 2008. Constraint, Power, and Intergenerational Discontinuity in Japan. Journal of Intergenerational Relationships 6(2): 211-229.

Traphagan, John W. and Tomoko Nagasawa. 2008. Group Homes for Elders with Dementia in Japan. Care Management Journals 9(2): 89-96.

Traphagan, John W. 2006. Power, Family and Filial Responsibility Related to Elder Care in Rural Japan. Care Management Journals 7(4): 207-214.

Traphagan, John W. 2005. Heroes of the Antimodern: “Respect for the Elderly Day” and Writing the Narrative of the Elder Generation in Japan. Journal of Ritual Studies 19(2): 99-114.

Traphagan, John W. 2004. Interpretations of Elder Suicide, Stress and Dependency among Rural Japanese. Ethnology 43(4): 315-329.

Traphagan, John W. 2004. Culture and Long Term Care: The Bath as Social Service in Japan. Care Management Journals 5(1): 53-60.

Traphagan, John W. 2003. Independence, Security, and the Intergenerational Social Contract: Home-Helper Services and Elder Care in Rural Japan. Care Management Journals 4(4): 216-222.

Traphagan, John W. 2003. Older Women as Caregivers and Ancestral Protection in Rural Japan. Ethnology 42(2): 127-139.

Traphagan, John W. and L. K. Brown. 2002. Fast Food and Intergenerational Commensality in Japan: New Styles and Old Patterns. Ethnology 41(2): 119-134.

Traphagan, John W. Senility as Disintegrated Person in Japan. Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology 17: 253-267.

Traphagan, John W. 2000. The Liminal Family: Return Migration and Intergenerational Conflict in Japan. Journal of Anthropological Research 56: 365-385.

Traphagan, John W. Reproducing Elder Male Power through Ritual Performance in Japan. Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology 15: 81-97.

Traphagan, John W. 1998. Reasons for Gateball Participation among Older Japanese. Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology 13: 159-175.

Traphagan, John W. 1998. Localizing Senility: Illness and Agency among Older Japanese. Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology 13: 81-98.

Traphagan, John W. 1998. Contesting the Transition to Old Age in Japan. Ethnology 37(4): 333-50.

Book Chapters

Traphagan, John W.   Anthropology of Sport: Baseball, Fathers, and Self in Rural Japan.  In Pamela J. Stewart and Andrew Strathern (eds.), Research Companion to Anthropology.  Ashgate Publishing.

Traphagan, John W. 2011. Generations Apart: Burdens, Bad Families, and Elder Suicide in Rural Japan. In Yoshiko Matsumoto (ed.), Faces and Masks of Aging: Implications from the Lives of Elderly in Japan. Stanford University Press, Pp. 87-108.

Traphagan, John W. 2008. Ancestors, Burial Rites, and Rural Depopulation in Japan. In Florian Coulmas, Harold Conrad, Annette Schad and Gabriele Vogt (eds.), The Demographic Challenge: A Handbook about Japan. Brill Academic Publishers, Pp. 387-396.

Traphagan, John W. 2007. Moral Discourse and Old Age Disability in Japan. In B. Ingstad and S. R. Whyte (eds.), Disability in Local and Global Worlds. University of California Press, Pp. 259-286.

Traphagan, John W. and Christopher S. Thompson. 2006. The Practice of Tradition and Modernity in Contemporary Japan. In Christopher S. Thompson and John W. Traphagan (eds.), Wearing Cultural Styles in Japan: Concepts of Tradition and Modernity in Practice. State University of New York Press, Pp. 2-24.

Traphagan, John W. 2006. Being a Good Rôjin: Senility, Power, and Self-Actualization in Japan. In Annette Leibing and Lawrence Cohen (eds.), Thinking about Dementia: Culture, Loss, and the Anthropology of Senility. Rutgers University Press, Pp. 269-288.

Traphagan, John W. and L. K. Brown. 2004. Fast Food and Intergenerational Commensality in Japan: New Styles and Old Patterns. Reprinted in Ellis Krauss and Ben Nyblade (eds.), Japan and North America: The Postwar. Routledge, Pp. 417-434.

Traphagan, John W. 2004. Curse of the Successor: Filial Piety vs. Marriage among Rural Japanese. In Charlotte Ikels (ed.), Filial Piety: Practice and Discourse in Contemporary East Asia. Stanford University Press, Pp. 198-216.

Traphagan, John W. 2003. Contesting Co-Residence: Women, In-Laws, and Health Care in Rural Japan. In J. W. Traphagan and J. Knight (eds.), Demographic Change and the Family in Japan’s Aging Society. State University of New York Press, Pp. 203-228.

Knight, John and John W. Traphagan. 2003. The Study of the Family in Japan: Integrating Anthropological and Demographic Approaches. In J. W. Traphagan and J. Knight (eds.) Demographic Change and the Family in Japan’s Aging Society. State University of New York Press, Pp. 3-24.

Traphagan, John W. 2002. Reproducing Elder Male Power through Ritual Performance in Japan. Reprinted in Donna Infeld (ed.), Disciplinary Approaches to Aging: Developments in Anthropology. Routledge, Pp. 161-178.

Traphagan, John W. 2002. Japanese Social Relations. In Karen Christensen and David Levinson (eds.), Encyclopedia of Modern Asia. Charles Scribner’s Sons, Pp. 244-246.

Traphagan, John W. 1998. Emic Weeds or Etic Wild Flowers? Structuring the Environment in a Japanese Town. In K. Aoyagi, et al. (eds.) Toward Sustainable Cities: Readings in the Anthropology of Urban Environments. Leiden: Institute of Cultural and Social Studies, University of Leiden, Pp. 37-52.