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Masao Yamaguchi

Masao Yamaguchi (山口 昌男, Yamaguchi Masao, August 20, 1931 – 10 March 2013)[1][2] was a Japanese anthropologist.


Yamaguchi was born in Bihoro, Hokkaidō. A key figure in the introduction of structural anthropology to Japan, Yamaguchi was also noted for his engagements with political questions such as the Japanese emperor system and assimilation policies. Yamaguchi was also noted as a writer on the concepts of hermaphroditism and the trickster, and performed fieldwork in Asia, Africa, and elsewhere.

Selected bibliographyEdit

  • 「人類学的思考」("anthropological investigation")
  • 「文化と両義性」("culture and duality")
  • 「文化の詩学」("The Poetics of Culture")
  • 「アフリカの神話的世界」("The African Mythical World")
  • 「同化的世界」("An Assimilating World")
  • 「知の遠近法」("Perspectives of Knowledge")
  • 「仕掛けとしての文化」
  • 「文化人類学への招待」("An Invitation to Cultural Anthropology")
  • 「同化の民俗学」("The Ethnology of Assimilation")
  • 「天皇制の文化人類学」("The Cultural Anthropology of the Emperor System")
  • 「「挫折」の昭和史」("A History of Failure in the Showa Period")
  • 「「敗者」の精神史」("A Psychological History of Losers')
  • 「敗者学のすすめ」("For a study of the losing side")
  • 「はみだし(ステップ・アウト)の方法」("Stepping Outside")
  • 「内田魯山山脈」
  • 「山口昌男ラビリンス」("Yamaguchi Masao Labyrinth")
  • 「経営者の精神史」("A Psychological History of the Manager")


  1. ^ Imafuku, Ryuta (1988). "Masao Yamaguchi: A Hermes-Harlequin in the Field of Semiotics". In Sebeok, Thomas A., Umiker-Sebeok, Jean (eds.). The Semiotic Web 1987. DE GRUYTER MOUTON. p. 93. ISBN 978-3-11-086838-8. 10.1515/9783110868388.93. Retrieved 2010-12-03.CS1 maint: uses editors parameter (link)
  2. ^ "文化人類学者の山口昌男さん死去 「中心と周縁」理論". 朝日新聞. Retrieved 10 March 2013.