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Wrapping Culture examines problems of intercultural communication and the possibilities for misinterpretation of the familiar in an unfamiliar context. Starting with an examination of Japanese gift-wrapping, Joy Hendry demonstrates how our expectations are often influenced by cultural factors which may blind us to an appreciation of underlying intent. She extends this approach to the study of polite language as the wrapping of thoughts and intentions, garments as body wrappings, constructions and gardens as wrapping of space. Hendry shows how this extends even to the ways in which people may be wrapped in seating arrangements, or meetings and drinking customs may be constrained by temporal versions of wrapping. Throughout the book, Hendry considers ways in which groups of people use such symbolic forms to impress and manipulate one another, and points out a Western tendency to underestimate such nonverbal communication, or reject it as mere decoration. She presents ideas that should be valid in any intercultural encounter and demonstrates that Japanese culture, so often thought of as a special case, can supply a model through which we can formulate general theories about human behaviour.
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Joy Hendry is Reader at the Scottish Centre for Japanese Studies, Stirling University, and Principal Lecturer, Oxford Polytechnic.Review:
`Quite remarkable ... she writes with wit and style and expounds her thesis with plenty of illuminating evidence and anecdote ... Hendry in this book makes another enormous contribution to a social analysis of Japan. This is enriching reading for anyone, especially those who have a commitment
to being involved in Japan either for business or leisure. And for the time being it has generated an evangelical zeal in this reader. Wrapped or unwrapped, it is going to be this year's present.'
`Hendry's reading is persuasive.'
`an original and stimulating account of contemporary Japanese culture ... Hendry writes prose which is lucid and refreshingly jargon-free'
John Adamson, Sunday Telegraph
`Joy Hendry ... takes a close, careful and reflective look at formal behaviour in contemporary Japan. The book is useful at the very least for its clear description of the role and function of gift-giving and in particular of the packaging of presents ... a good clear description of the role
and importance of gift-giving and other formal behaviour in a highly complex society.'
Times Higher Education Supplement
`What Hendry does in this book is quite remarkable: she presents a much wider tableau of the main features of Japanese society and its customs ... The scrutiny is neither dry nor dull; she writes with wit and style and expounds her thesis with plenty of illuminating evidence and anecdote ...
Hendry in this book makes another enormous contribution to a social analysis of Japan. This is enriching reading for anyone.'
'in this intriguing volume, the detail of Japanese material life is set within a theoretical framework shedding new light on a society for which outward appearances are of the utmost importance'
Marie Conte-Helm, University of Sunderland, RSA Journal, April 1994
`Joy Hendry has made an important contribution to the field that unwraps much exoticized Japanalia.'
Journal of Asian Studies
`This well-illustrated book is an enjoyable read, which though ostensibly about Japan should lead any reader on to a reconsideration of his or her own culture.'
The Brown Book, Lady Margaret Hall Association
`a work that is enormously suggestive and necessarily broad-ranging ... Hendry's impressive range of examples is provocative and the context she seeks to establish with cross-cultural parallels is unusual ... for a book on wrapping. Hendry's is intentionally unadorned with jargon. This is an
admirable stance - plain speaking should not be incompatible with clear thinking and subtle analysis ... we are ... in Hendry's debt for her imaginative and insightful sketch of a pervasive, implicit patterning of practices that demand our further attention. Future work should build on the start
she has made'
Journal of Japanese Studies
`it is a rare delight to discover a book that ... relates Japan to the rest of the world instead of isolating it in its incomparable characteristics ... The solid anthropological roots of this work are evident throughout ... this book puts the previous knowledge about Japan in a new and
stimulating perspective and suggests a different approach in the study of other cultures. For the non-specialist, it is a good read, containing a few amusing anecdotes. Above all, it is, to use the author's own words, beautifully `presented', with numerous illustrations and colour plates'
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