Dr Jason Danely

Senior Lecturer in Anthropology of Japan

Jason Danely completed his PhD at the Univeristy of California, San Diego. Before joining Brookes in 2014, Professor Danely held teaching posts at Rhode Island College and Grand Valley State University, and received Postdoctoral Fellowships from The Center on Age and Community (University of Wisconsin Milwaukee), and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (Kyoto University). His research expertise relates to ageing and care in Japan, where he has at various times taught, studied, performed theater, traveled, meditated and raised children, over the last twenty years.




Dr. Danely has conducted ethnographic research and published widely on the cultural dimensions of aging, caring, family relations, and everyday ritual practices in Japan (more details here). In 2015, he was one of 35 scholars from around the world to be awarded a two-year Enhancing Life Project Grant to conduct a cross-cultural comparative study of compassionate values among family carers of older adults in Japan and the UK.
He is interested in supervising postgraduate work in psychological and medical anthropology, ageing and the life course, care, religious and ritual practice, issues surrounding death and dying, and contemporary Japanese culture and society.


Organized workshops and conferences

(2017) Culture, Commitment, and Care across the Life Course. Biennial Conference of the Association of Anthropology, Gerontology and the Life Course in cooperation with the Anthropology of Children and Youth Interest Group and the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing. Co-organizer Patrick Alexander. HSS Funded by Faculty Events Fund (£2939), 8-9 June.

(2017)  Vulnerability and the Politics of Care. British Academy Conference, Feb 9-10, 2017.

2016  Vulnerability and the Politics of Care. Multidisciplinary workshop of 15 speakers over two days. Co-organizers: Doerthe Rosenow , Tina Managhan,  and Victoria Browne. Funded by Research Events fund of Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Oxford Brookes University.

Selection of conference papers and invited talks given 2015-16

2016 "Care and the Desire for Death: Sharing, Mourning and Aging in Japan." Invited Session (Anthropology of Aging and the Life Course Interest Group). 114th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Associationn, Minneapolis, November 16-20, Minneapolis, Minn, USA.

2016 "Reconceptualizing kinship and relatedness in an ageing world" (Panel organizer and Presenter). European Association of Social Anthropology Conference, Milan, July 20-23.

2016 "Wounded Worlds: compassion and vulnerability in narratives of unpaid carers of older adults in Japan and the UK". Conference of the Anthropological Association of Ireland, Maynooth University, March 16.

2016 "Vulnerability, Affect and Infrastructure in Japanese Eldercare". Vulnerability and the Politics of Care (co-organizer and presenter), Oxford Brookes University, 21-22 January

2015 "Tyranny of the tube: Ethics of personhood and long-term tube feeding for dementia patients in Japan". Japan Anthropology Workshop. Boğaziçi University, Istanbul. 2 Sept.

2015 "Care and the Politics of Vulnerability in Japan". Invited presentation at Force of Life: Living in Precarious Spaces and Times in Asia. Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore. 21 July.

2015 "Care as Dance: Embodiment, Imagination and Creativity in Japanese Eldercare". Invited presentation at Creativity in Contemporary Japan: Art, Industry, and the Everyday. Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures. Norwich, June 4.

2015 “Publics, Placemaking, and Pilgrimage” Invited presentation at Public Wisdom Conference, Sponsored by Cubitt Arts, London. March 26.


Personal Website



  • Books
  • Journal articles
  • Book chapters


Journal articles

Full listing of publications and citations on Google Scholar HERE

Book chapters

  • 2017 “Foolish Vitality": Humor, Risk and Success in Japan. In Successful Aging?: Global Perspectives on a Contemporary Obsession edited by Sarah Lamb. Rutgers University Press
  • 2016               2016 Aging and Subjectivity: Ethnography, Experience, and Cultural Context. In Cross-Cultural and Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives in Social Gerontology. Springer Nature.

  • 2013 Temporality,SpiritualityandtheLifeCourseinanAgingJapan, In Transitions and Transformations: Cultural Perspectives on the Life Course, Edited by Caitrin Lynch and Jason Danely, pp. 101-119 New York: Berghahn Books Inc.
  • 2013 Introduction: Transitions and Transformations: Paradigms, Perspectives, and Possibilities, Co-authored with Caitrin Lynch, In Transitions and Transformations: Cultural Perspectives on the Life Course,Edited by Caitrin Lynch and Jason Danely. Pp. 3-20. New York:BerghahnBooks.
  • 2012 “Encounters with Jizō-san in an Aging Japan,” In Studying Buddhism in Practice, Edited by John Harding. London:Routledge.