@ Akira Kurashima

@  Akira KURASHIMA serves as an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Kwansei Gakuin University in Japan. In 2004, he earned a PhD degree from Kyoto University. He has served as a Japan Society to Promote Science (JSPS) Research Fellow (2001-2003), an Assistant Professor at the Institute for Research in Humanities of Kyoto University (2004-2009), and a Visiting Research Fellow of Sociology at the University of Manchester (2007-2009).

Dr. KURASHIMA’s research is centered on how to understand the corporeal reality of what is conventionally understood as “socialization” of an agent, and how to build an epistemologically-sound framework to describe it. To address these issues, he has performed extensive fieldwork in Tai Chi classes in Japan (1999-2006), the UK (2007-2009), and China (2006). During his research with many Tai Chi masters and students, he also participated in classes as a student. He has produced many first-person accounts on the reality of technique acquisition.

He is the author of the book, Body Technique and Sociological Epistemology (Shintaigihou to Shakaigakuteki Ninshiki, Sekaishisousha, 2007). He has also coauthored many books on the topic of the “body” in sociology.

Associate Professor,
School of Sociology,
Kwansei Gakuin University
1-155 Uegahara Ichibancho, Nishinomiya, Japan, 662-8501
E-mail: intercorporality@kwansei.ac.jp
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