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Anne Allison, Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies and Bass Fellow of Cultural Anthropology

Anne Allison
Office Location:  230 Friedl Building, East Campus, Durham, NC 27708-0091
Office Phone:  (919) 681-6257
Email Address:  send me a message

Teaching (Fall 2022):

  • Culanth 341.01, Life and death Synopsis
    Friedl bdg 204, MW 12:00 PM-01:15 PM
    (also cross-listed as GLHLTH 353.01, HLTHPOL 341.01, ICS 353.01, SOCIOL 351.01)
  • Culanth 404s.01, Ethics of hope Synopsis
    Friedl bdg 204, MW 03:30 PM-04:45 PM
    (also cross-listed as ETHICS 404S.01, GSF 404S.01, ICS 427S.01)

  • Ph.D. The University of Chicago 1986
  • MA University of Chicago 1979
  • BA University of Illinois, Chicago Circle 1975


Research Interests:

Anne Allison (Ph.D. University of Chicago 1986) researches the ways in which desire seeps into, reconfirms, or reimagines socio-economic relations in various contexts in postwar Japan. Her first book, Nightwork: Sexuality, Pleasure, and Corporate Masculinity in a Tokyo Hostess Club (University of Chicago Press 1994) is a study of the Japanese corporate practice of entertaining white collar, male workers in the sexualized atmosphere of hostess clubs. Her second book, Permitted and Prohibited Desires: Mothers, Comics, and Censorship in Japan (Westview-HarperCollins 1996, re-released by University of California Press 2000) examines the intersection of motherhood, productivity, and mass-produced fantasies in contemporary Japan through essays on lunch-boxes, comics, censorship, and stories of mother-son incest. Her current research is on the recent popularization of Japanese children’s goods on the global marketplace and how its trends in cuteness, character merchandise, and high-tech play pals are remaking Japan’s place in today’s world of millennial capitalism.

Curriculum Vitae
Representative Publications   (More Publications)
  1. Allison, A. "The Cool Brand and Affective Activism of Japanese Youth." Theory, Culture & Society 26:3 (Spring, 2009): 89-111. [repository]
  2. A. Allison. "Pocket Capitalism and Virtual Intimacy: Pokemon as Symptom of Postindustrial Youth Culture." Figuring the Future: Youth and Globalization  (Summer, Summer, 2009). [PDF]
  3. Allison, A. "Tamagotchi: The Prosthetics of Presence." Millennial Monsters: Japanese Toys and the Global Imagination  (Summer, 2006): 163-191.  [abs]
  4. Allison, A. "Japanese Mothers and Obentōs: The Lunch Box as Ideological State Apparatus." Permitted and Prohibited Desires: Mothers, Comics, and Censorship in Japan  (2000): 81-104.
  5. Allison, A. Nightwork: Sexuality, Pleasure, and Corporate Masculinity in a Tokyo Hostess Club.  University of Chicago Press, 1994.

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