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Isaac Gagné

Isaac Gagné
Managing Editor of Contemporary Japan, Cultural Anthropology
Since June 2017

gagne@dijtokyo.org

I am a cultural anthropologist with interests in the intersection of morality and ethics with religion, social welfare, gender and sexuality, and popular culture in the context of modernization and globalization. My current research is on the localization of social welfare and global mental health care in Japan. In particular, my project focuses on two issues: 1) How global discourses and practices of mental health care are localized to address the psychosocial challenges and suffering produced by the March 11, 2011 disaster and protracted recovery process; 2) How transformations in national welfare policies and community dynamics are connected to the emergence of new forms and meanings of social welfare practices in local communities. I am also working on a book manuscript based on my dissertation research on the relationship between religion, secularity, and morality under socioeconomic and demographic changes in contemporary Japan. Before joining the DIJ as a Senior Research Fellow and the Managing Editor of the DIJ’s peer-reviewed journal Contemporary Japan, I worked at the Waseda University Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and The University of Hong Kong.

DIJ Projects

Listening to the Community: Grassroots Mental Healthcare in Local Communities