Kyoto Area Studies on Asia (in Japanese)
Kyoto Area Studies on Asia
Oriental Research Series
Highlight
God, Man and Domesticated Animals
: The Birth of Shepherds and Their Descendants in the Ancient Near East

Yutaka TANI

JPY 3,700

his book is a fascinating exploration into how European attitudes that measure human achievements according to the extent of control over nature is a cultural and historical product of the ancient Middle Eastern and Mediterranean world. The subject matter is the emergence of domestication, the history and role of shepherds, and the Bible. The book is comprised of two parts. Drawing on fieldwork spanning more than four decades, Part I looks at the domestication process of sheep and goats and the emergence of the profession of shepherd. Here the author analyzes the intervention techniques involved in the domestication process using Foucault’s concept of ‘pastoral power’. Part II focuses on how God’s pronouncements concerning animals in the Old Testament came to take unique forms in the ancient Middle East reflecting the relationships between city-states’ ruling chiefs as large herd owners and local pastoralists as entrusted shepherds pivoting around domesticated animal life.

more...


Pic UP!
A History of Modern Chemistry

Noboru Hirota

JPY 7,200

Noboru Hirota has produced a major historical analysis of how the field of chemistry has evolved over centuries. Spanning more than eight hundred pages, this book presents an exhaustive study of the field, showing how ground-breaking discoveries were made and innovative theories were constructed, with personal portrayals and interesting anecdotes of pioneering scholars. Positioning chemistry carefully within the natural sciences, the author rejects the traditional separation of physics, chemistry and biology, defines chemistry broadly as the ‘science of atoms and molecules,’ and traces its dynamic history with an emphasis on 20th century developments and more recent findings. Professor Hirota himself has spearheaded research in physical chemistry for more than four decades in Japan and the United States, with cutting-edge engagement with magnetic resonance, spectroscopy, and photochemistry. This publication invites specialized researchers to traverse the pathways along which the subject developed into its present form and to understand how their own research fits into the broad scope of science as a whole.

more...



New books

Kyoto CSEAS Series on Asian Studies 19
Liberalism and the Postcolony
: Thinking the State in 20th Century Philippines
Lisandro E. Claudio
JPY 3,000

Institutions
: The Evolution of Human Sociality
Kaori Kawai ed
JPY 5,400

God, Man and Domesticated Animals
: The Birth of Shepherds and Their Descendants in the Ancient Near East
Yutaka TANI
JPY 3,700

Creating Subaltern Counterpublics
: Korean Women in Japan and Their Struggle for Night School
Akwi Seo
JPY 3,800