Anne Allison, Professor and Bass Fellow
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Typical Courses Taught:
- Curriculum Vitae
- Culanth 94d, Intro to cultural anthro
- Ca 380s, Desire in the 21st century: (trans)national capital, fantasy, and
- In an era of intense border-crossings of various kinds, how can we study, define, and theorize the role played by desire? In these times of
digitality, structural adjustment, and constant war, what happens to communities, bodies, and homes? Has diasporic migration and global media
indeed intensified the affect/effect of the "imagination" as argued by Appadurai? And when capitalism relies more on immaterial and affective
labor, how does sociality, subjectivity, and fantasy shift as well? This course will examine the conditions of (trans)nationalism in the 21st
century in terms of fantasy, desire, capitalism, migration, new technologies, citizenship, human rights, and sexuality. Texts include
writings by Zizek, Butler, Deleuze and Guattari, LiPuma and Lee, (Jodi) Dean, Davila, Appadurai, and Chambers.
Ph.D. University of Chicago 1986
MA University of Chicago 1979
BA University of Illinois, Chicago Circle 1975
- Mass Culture
- Popular Culture
- Political Economy
- Globalization of Culture
- Urban Anthropology
Anne Allison is a cultural anthropologist who researches the intersection between political economy, everyday life, and the imagination in the context of late capitalist, post-industrial Japan. Her work spans the subjects of sexuality, pornography, and maternal labor to the globalization of Japanese youth products and the precarity of irregular workers. She is the author of Nightwork: Sexuality, Pleasure, and Corporate Masculinity in a Tokyo Hostess Club (University of Chicago Press, 1994—an ethnography of the Japanese corporate practice of entertaining employees and customers in the sexualized atmosphere of hostess clubs; Permitted and Prohibited Desires: Mothers, Comics, and Censorship in Japan (University of California Press 2000)—a collection of essays analyzing the complex desires linking motherhood, pornographic comics, and popular culture; and Millennial Monsters: Japanese Toys and the Global Imagination (University of California Press, 2006)—a study of the intermeshing of fantasy, capitalism, and cultural politics in the rise of Japan's brand of "cool" youth-goods on the global marketplace. Her most recent book, Precarious Japan (forthcoming from Duke University Press, 2013) looks at the socio-economic shifts in post-corporatist Japan towards precaritization of work, sociality, and everyday security.
- Representative Publications
On sabbatical for academic year 2013-4
- A Allison. "The Cool Brand and Affective Activism of Japanese Youth." Theory, Culture & Society vol. 26 no. 3 (Spring, 2009): 89-111. [repository]
- A. Allison. "Pocket Capitalism and Virtual Intimacy: Pokemon as Symptom of Postindustrial Youth Culture." Figuring the Future: Youth and Globalization. Edited
by Jennifer Cole and Deborah Durham. (Summer, 2009). [PDF]
- A Allison. "Tamagotchi: The Prosthetics of Presence." manualMillennial Monsters: Japanese Toys and the Global Imagination ( Summer, 2006.): 163-191. [abs]
- A Allison. "Japanese Mothers and Obentōs: The Lunch Box as Ideological State Apparatus." manualPermitted and Prohibited Desires: Mothers, Comics, and Censorship in Japan ( 2000.): 81-104.
- A Allison. Nightwork: Sexuality, Pleasure, and Corporate Masculinity in a Tokyo Hostess Club. manual. University of Chicago Press, 1994.