2012 Global Seminars
Hope as the New Normal: Tokyo after the Disaster
TOKYO, JAPAN, JUNE 11 – JULY 21
David Leheny is the Henry Wendt III '55 Professor of East Asian Studies. Most of Leheny's research projects involve Japan's reaction to and adoption of international norms, or standards of behavior that have prescriptive and constitutive effects on state action. He is the author of Think Global, Fear Local: Sex, Violence, and Anxiety (2006), an examination of how two different norms involving security and policing became useful for Japanese political elites interested in expanding the coercive authority of the state. His previous book, The Rules of Play: National Identity and the Shaping of Japanese Leisure, investigated Japanese leisure and tourism policies in the 20th century. Leheny is also coeditor of the manuscript Inescapable Solutions: Japanese Aid and the Construction of Global Development. This project draws on anthropological, sociological, and political theories of development to engage recent debates about Japanese aid policy.