Isaac Gagné is a Senior Research Fellow and the Managing Editor of the DIJ’s peer-reviewed journal Contemporary Japan. He received his PhD in Cultural Anthropology from Yale University and has worked at the Waseda University Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and The University of Hong Kong. His research focuses on four broad fields of inquiry: 1) Gender, sexuality, and popular culture; 2) Religion, morality, and ethics; 3) Mental health, psychotherapy, and well-being; 4) Globalization and migration.
His current research is on the localization of global mental health care in Japan. In particular, this project focuses on two issues: 1) The psychosocial challenges and suffering produced by the March 11, 2011 disaster and protracted recovery process, and 2) How global discourses and practices of mental health care are localized in the Japanese context amidst a resilient stigma against mental illness and skepticism of psychotherapy.
In addition, he is currently working on a book manuscript based on his dissertation research on the relationship between religion, secularity, and morality under socioeconomic and demographic changes in contemporary Japan.
- Morality and Ethics
- Mental Health and Well-Being
- Religion, Secularity, and Globalization
- Migration and Mobility
- Gender and Sexuality
- Identity Politics
- Society for Medical Anthropology
- Society for Psychological Anthropology
- American Academy of Religion
- American Anthropological Association
- Association for Asian Studies (AAS)
- European Association for Japanese Studies (EAJS)
Religious Globalization and Internal Secularization in a Japanese New Religion.
In: Japan Review 30. pp. 153 - 177.
‘Hyperfeminine’ Subcultures: Rethinking Gender Subjectivity and the Discourse of Sexuality among Adolescent Girls in Contemporary Japan.
In: Harper, Katie, Yasmina Katsulis, Vera Lopez, Georganne Scheiner (Ed.) Girls’ Sexualities and the Media. New York: Peter Lang Publishing.
Bracketed Adolescence: Unpacking Gender and Youth Subjectivity through Subcultural Fashion in Late Capitalist Japan.
In: Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific 32.
Greater or Lesser Vehicle?: The Pilgrimage Bus as Crucible of Faith in a Japanese Religion.
In: Japan Studies: The Frontier. pp. 37 - 55.
[With: Gagné, Isaac] Spiritual safety nets and networked faith: The “liquidity” of family and work under late modernity.
In: Kohlbacher, Florian; Hommerich, Carola (Ed.) Contemporary Japan 23, No. 1. Lifestyles in Transition - Antecedents and Consequences of Social Change. Contemporary Japan. Berlin and New York: Mouton de Gruyter. pp. 71 - 92.
Urban Princesses: Performance and ‘Women’s Language’ in Japan’s Gothic/Lolita Subculture.
In: Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 18(1). pp. 130 - 150.
Imai, Nobuharu. 2009. “Anime ‘Sacred Place Pilgrimages’”
In: University of Hokkaido Center for Advanced Tourism Studies 1. pp. 87 - 111.
Religion and Psychotherapy in Modern Japan. Harding, Christopher, Iwata Fumiaki and Yoshinaga Shin’ichi, eds.
In: Social Science Japan Journal 19(2). London: Routledge. pp. 250 - 254.
Japanese Religions and Globalization. Dessi, Ugo.
In: Social Science Japan Journal 18(2). London: Routledge. pp. 257 - 260.
Japanese Language, Gender, and Ideology: Cultural Models and Real People. Okamoto, Shigeko and Janet Shibamoto-Smith, eds.
In: Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 18(2). Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 304 - 306.
Encyclopedia Entry for Tenshinseikyō.
In: World Religions and Spiritualties Project.
[With: Yutaka Osakabe] Non-event’ report: Why the Sunday Assembly event did not launch in Japan.
In: Non-Religion and Secularity Research Network.
American Council of Learned Societies, Comparative Perspectives on Chinese Culture and Society Workshop Grant: “Humanitarianism in Action: Asia-Pacific Ethnographic Perspectives.” (Co-organizer with Jun Zhang and Goncalo Santos)
American Council of Learned Societies
2014 – 2017
Japan Society for the Promotion of Sciences, Grants-in-Aid for Young Researchers (B) (Project #26770297): “Localizing Global Psychiatry through Japanese Religion”
Japan Society for the Promotion of Sciences
2011 – 2013
Council on East Asian Studies Prize Fellowship
2010 – 2011
Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship
U.S. Department of Education
2009 – 2010
Japan Foundation Dissertation Fellowship
The Japan Foundation
SLA Prize for Best Article
Society for Linguistic Anthropology