Professor Joy Hendry BSc BLitt Dphil

Emeritus Professor of Anthroplogy


Japan, society, family, marriage, child-rearing, education, especially mathematics, politeness, cultural display, indigenous museums and culture centres, theme parks, global networks, indigenous knowledge and indigenous science.

Joy Hendry graduated with B.Sc in General Science from Kings College, London, and after living and working abroad for five years, studied for a Diploma, B.Litt and D.Phil Social Anthropology at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, completing her studies in 1979. She taught at Oxford Brookes (and formerly Oxford Poly) from 1980 until 2010, with periods away at Keio University in Japan, Stirling University in Scotland, the CNRS in Paris, the University of Melbourne, McMaster University in Canada, the Institute for Japanese Studies, University of Vienna, and the University of Freiburg. Since becoming professor emerita in 2010, she has been the McGeorge Fellow at the University of Melbourne, and de Carle Distinguished Lecturer at the University of Otago.

Joy has carried out anthropological fieldwork several times in Japan, but more recently has also been working in a context that requires travel to different countries (see Research section below). She was the founder of the Erasmus programme in the Anthropology Department, Brookes Japan Interest Group and the Europe Japan Research Centre, and she also arranged for the building of the Japanese room in the Gibbs Building (see for details)


  • Books
  • Journal articles
  • Book chapters


  • Marriage in Changing Japan, Routledge, 2010 (reprint of 1981 book)
  • Reclaiming Culture: Indigenous People and Self-Representation, Palgrave, New York, 2005
  • The Orient Strikes Back: A Global View of Cultural Display. Berg, 2000
  • An Anthropologist in Japan : Routledge Research Methods Series, Routledge, 1999
  • An Introduction to Social Anthropology: Other People's Worlds, Macmillan, 1999, now in second edition, as Sharing Our Worlds, Palgrave, 2008.
  • Understanding Japanese Society, Routledge, second edition, 1997, third edition 2003
  • Wrapping Culture: Politeness, Presentation and Power in Japan and Other Societies, Clarendon Press, 1993.
  • Becoming Japanese: the World of the Pre-school Child, Honolulu: Hawaii University Press.

Edited Volumes

  • Anthropologists, Indigenous Scholars and the Research Endeavour: Seeking Bridges towards Mutual Respect, edited with Laara Fitznor, Routledge Research series, 2012
  • Dismantling the East West Dichotomy, edited with Heung Wah Wong,  Routledge 2006
  • An Anthropology of Indirect Communication, edited with C.W. Watson, Routledge,ASA series., 2001
  • Japan at Play: The Ludic and the Logic of Power, edited with Massimo Raveri, Routledge , 2001
  • Interpreting Japanese Society (2nd ed) Routledge, 1998

Journal articles

  • Foreign Country Theme Parks: A New Theme or an Old Japanese Pattern? Social Science Japan Journal Vol. 3, no.2, pp. 207-220, 2000
  • �An Ethnographer In The Global Arena: Globography Perhaps?� Global
    Networks, vol. 3, no. 4, 2003
  • Building Bridges, Common Ground, and the Role of the Anthropologist�, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, (N.S.) 13, 585-601, 2007

Book chapters

  • Japan's Global Village: A View from the World of Leisure in A Companion to the Anthropology of Japan, Jennifer Robertson, Blackwell, Oxford, 2005
  • The Japanese Tattoo: Play or Purpose, in eds. Hendry and Raveri, Japan at Play, 2001
  • From Japanese Whispers to an Informal Dip, in eds. Bestor and Steinhoff, Field Research in Japan: Methods in Context, University of Hawaii Press, in press, 2001