Professor Atsushi Sawai

 Atsushi SawaiAffiliate member

Professor of Sociology
Keio University, Japan

Atsushi Sawai is Professor of Sociology at Keio University, Tokyo. He is one of Japan’s leading scholars of the sociology of death and bereavement in Japanese society, as well as an expert on postmodern social identities. His recent work has addressed some of the wider implications of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, and its various impacts on the way Japanese social identities and relations are structured.

Contact

sawai@law.keio.ac.jp

Current research

  • Contemporary Social Theory
  • History of Social Theory
  • Sociology of Death and Bereavement
  • The Sense of Fear and Anxiety in Contemporary Society


Publications

Books

Atsushi Sawai and Ken Arisue (eds) (2015) Shibetsu no Shakaigaku [The Sociology of Grief and Mourning], Seikyu-sha Publishing.

Anthony Elliott, Masataka Katagiri and Atsushi Sawai (eds) (2013) Routledge Companion to Contemporary Japanese Social Theory: From Individualization to Globalization in Japan Today, Routledge.

Atsushi Sawai (2005) Shi to Shibetsu no Shakaigaku: Shakai Riron karano Sekkin [The Sociology of Death and Bereavement: A Social Theory Approach], Seikyu-sha Publishing.

Atsushi Sawai (2004) Karl Mannheim: Jidai o Shindan suru Bomeisha [Karl Mannheim: An Exile Diagnosing an Epoch], Toshindo Publishing.

Atsushi Sawai and Tomoyuki Suzuki (eds) (1997) Sociological Imagination: Toikake toshiteno Shakaigaku [Sociological Imagination: Questions in Sociology], Yachiyo Publishing.

Articles

Atsushi Sawai (2013) ‘Yomikaerareru Fuan: Zygmunt Bauman no Fuan no Shakaigaku o megutte’ [The Social Transformation of Anxiety: On Zygmunt Bauman’s Sociology of Fear], Hogaku-kenkyu [Journal of Law, Politics and Sociology], Keio University, 86-7: 93-124.

Anthony Elliott, Masataka Katagiri and Atsushi Sawai (2012) ‘The New Individualism and Contemporary Japan: Theoretical Avenues and the Japanese Individualist Path,’ Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour, 42-4: 425-443.

Atsushi Sawai (2011) ‘Genshika, Shika, Kojinka: Shakaifuan no Mittsu no Gainen’ [Atomization, Privatization and Individualization: Three Concepts of Social Anxiety], Hogaku-kenkyu [Journal of Law, Politics and Sociology], Keio University, 84-2: 221-278.

Atsushi Sawai (2010) ‘Changing Conceptions of Death in Japanese Society: A Sociological Perspective,’ Hogaku-kenkyu [Journal of Law, Politics and Sociology], Keio University, 83-2: 522-550.

Atsushi Sawai (2005) ‘Shakaiteki Shi to Ho’ [Social Death and Law], Hosyakaigaku, [The Sociology of Law], The Japanese Association of Sociology of Law, 62: 110-122.

Areas of study and research

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