At a Tangent to Belonging: “Career Progression” and Networks of Knowing Japanese Multinational Corporations

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This article describes multisited ethnography at a Japanese multinational corporation, in progress for more than two decades. The focus of the fieldwork was the cross-cultural experiences of Japanese salarymen with non-Japanese coworkers. The author discusses what it meant for him to grow older along with Japanese salarymen informants working in factories in Thailand and France in an evolving political economy. He argues for shifting from a focus on place to one on relationships in multisited fieldwork.

Keywords: Japanese salarymen; long-term fieldwork; multinational corporations; multisited ethnography

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Anthropology and Geography, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford OX1 0BP, United Kingdom

Publication date: June 1, 2011

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