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Akira Takada Associate Professor


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Since late 1990s I have worked among San, who are known as the hunter-gatherers of Southern Africa, on the following four themes: (1) Caregiver-child interaction, (2) the system of caregiver-child interaction, subsistence activity, and the natural environment, (3) environmental perception, and (4) the transformation of ethnicity among San and their neighbors. Furthermore, integrating these themes, I aim to elucidate the cultural structure that organizes social interactions among San.

Cultural Formation of Responsibility in Caregiver-child Interactions (CCI)

Takada’s Homepage (interview)

Major / Research Topics / Keywords

Anthropology, African Area Study / Development of Social Interactions among the San of Southern Africa / Ethnicity, Environment, Children, Southern Africa, Interaction

Qualifications

1994 B.A. in Psychology, Kyoto University
1996 M.A. in Psychology, Kyoto University
2003 PhD in Human and Environmental Studies, Kyoto University

Positions Held

2002-2004 Research Fellow (Cultural Anthropology, Post Doctoral level), Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
2004-2008 Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies, Kyoto University
takada 2007 Visiting scholar of the UCLA Center for Language, Interaction, and Culture
2009-present Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies, Kyoto University
2011 Visiting scholar of the UCLA Center for Language, Interaction, and Culture

Associations

American Anthropological Association
Japan Association for African Studies
Japanese Society of Cultural Anthropology
Japan Society for Developmental Psychology
The Society for Ecological Anthropology
The International Pragmatics Association (IPrA)
International Society for Conversation Analysis (ISCA) etc.

Single Authored Book
  • Takada, A. (2015). Narratives on San ethnicity: The cultural and ecological foundations of lifeworld among the !Xun of north-central Namibia. Kyoto University Press & Trans Pacific Press.
Edited Volume
  • Takada, A. (Ed.). (2013). Special Issue: Vitalizing indigenous knowledge in Africa. African Study Monographs, 34(3), 139-183.
Journal Articles
  • Takada, A. (2014). Family relationships and child development: An anthropological approach. Japanese Journal of Medical and Psychological Study of Infants, 23(1), 11-18. (in Japanese)
  • Takada, A. (2014). Mutual coordination of behaviors in human-chimpanzee interactions: A case study in a laboratory setting. Revue de Primatologie, 5.
    URL:http://primatologie.revues.org/1902 ; DOI:10.4000/primatologie.1902
  • Takada, A. (2014). A study on educational reform in Namibia: educational practices for the !Xun San in Owamboland. Africa Educational Research Journal, 4, 19-34. (in Japanese)
  • Takada, A. (2013). Generating morality in directive sequences: Distinctive strategies for developing communicative competence in Japanese caregiver-child interactions. Language & Communication, 33, 420-438.
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.langcom.2013.03.012
  • Liszkowski, U., Brown, P., Callaghan, T., Takada, A., and de Vos, C. (2012). A prelinguistic gestural universal of human communication. Cognitive Science, 36, 698-713. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1551-6709.2011.01228.x
  • Takada, A. (2011). Narratives of changes in life: Revisiting the “family” in San studies. Japanese Journal of Cultural Anthropology, 75(4), 551-573 (in Japanese).
  • Takada, A. (2010). Changes in Developmental Trends of Caregiver-Child Interactions among the San: Evidence from the !Xun of Northern Namibia. African Study Monographs, Supplementary Issue, 40, 155-177.
  • Takada, A. (2009). New directions in ethnographic studies on infancy and infant care. Japanese Psychological Review, 52(1), 140-151.(in Japanese)
  • Takada, A. (2006). Explaining pathways in the Central Kalahari. In R. K. Hitchcock, K. Ikeya, M. Biesele, & R. B. Lee (Eds.), Senri Ethnological Studies, No.70, Updating the San: Image and reality of an African people in the 21st century. Osaka: National Museum of Ethnology (pp.101-127).
  • Takada, A. (2005). Early vocal communication and social institution: Appellation and infant verse addressing among the Central Kalahari San. Crossroads of Language, Interaction, and Culture, 6, 80-108.
  • Takada, A. (2005). The San and their neighbors in Northern Namibia: A historical perspective. Africa Report, 40, 11-16 (in Japanese).
  • Takada, A. (2002). Social changes among the Central Kalahari San: the analysis of population dynamics, subsistence activities, and child weight. Journal of African Studies, 60, 85-103.(in Japanese)
  • Takada, A. (2002). The meaning of caregiving behaviors among the San for child development. The Japanese Journal of Developmental Psychology, 13(1), 63-77.
  • Takada, A. (2002). The !Xu San: Poverty & tension. Cultural Survival Quarterly, 26(1), 18-19.
  • • Kojima, H. & Takada, A. (2001). Developmental approach to social interaction. Journal of Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence, 16(6), 812-818.(in Japanese)
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  • Takada, A. (forthcoming). Goffman's craftwork: The legacy in linguistic anthropology. In N. Nakagawa, H. Taira, & K. Watanabe (Eds.), A study of interaction order by Erving Goffman. Tokyo: Shinyosha (in Japanese).
  • Takada, A. (2015). Child rearing in everyday life. In R. Michinobu (Ed.), How does life emarge and grow? Medicine, welfare, culture and child. Iwanami paperback pocket edition series. Tokyo: Iwanami Shoten, pp. 107-119. (in Japanese).
  • Takada, A. (2014). The !Xun and education in Owamboland: Possibility of education across the frame of nation state. In N. Sawamura (Ed.), Schooling in the daily lives of Africa. Tokyo: Akashishoten, pp.52-71. (in Japanese)
  • Boden, G. & Takada, A. (2014). Kx'a Kinship classifications: A diachronic perspective. In A. Barnard, & G. Boden (Eds.), Southern African Khoisan kinship systems. Research in Khoisan Studies No. 30. Cologne, Germany: Rüdiger Köppe Verlag Köln, pp. 141-160.
  • Takada, A. (2014). Kinship and caregiving practices among the Ekoka !Xun. In A. Barnard, & G. Boden (Eds.), Southern African Khoisan kinship systems. Research in Khoisan Studies Volume 30. Cologne, Germany: Rüdiger Köppe Verlag Köln, pp. 99-120
  • Takada, A. (2014). Surname and interethnic relationships among the Ekoka !Xun. In A. Barnard, & G. Boden (Eds.), Southern African Khoisan kinship systems. Research in Khoisan Studies Volume 30. Cologne, Germany: Rüdiger Köppe Verlag Köln, pp. 223-240.
  • Takada, A. (2014). Post foraging society and child socialization. In A. Ikeguchi, & R. Sato (Eds.), Studies on nature and society Vol.3: Cultural ecology of body and subsistence. Shiga: Kaiseisha Press, pp.225-249.(in Japanese)
  • Takada, A. (2013). Sensing action sediments: Wayfinding practices in the Kalahari Desert among the G|ui/G||ana. In K. Kataoka, & K. Ikeda (Eds.), Aspects of communicative competence: Transition, co-creation, and embodiment. Tokyo: Hitsujishobo, pp.97-128. (in Japanese).
  • Takada, A. (2013).A perspective of cultural anthropology: Culture and development. In Japan Society of Developmental Psychology (Ed.), N. Tajima, & T. Minami (Volume Eds.), The new handbook of developmental psychology Vol.1: Theories and methodologies of developmental psychology and the related studies. Tokyo: Shinyosha, pp.238-247. (in Japanese)
  • Takada, A. (2012). Shaping intimate relationship and the environment:Analysis of caregiver-child interactions among the !Xun San of north-central Namibia. In M. Nishi, S. Kimura, & Y. Hayami (Eds.), Theory of humanosphere lectures, Vol.3: Reconstructing human sphere: Potential of tropical societies. Kyoto: Kyoto University Press, pp.23-51. (in Japanese)
  • Takada, A. (2011). Language contact and social change in North-Central Namibia: Socialization via singing and dancing activities among the !Xun San. In O. Hieda, C. König & H. Nakagawa (Eds.), Tokyo University of Foreign Studies: Studies in Linguistics Vol.2, A Geographical Typology of African Languages: With special reference to Africa. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins, pp.251-267.
  • Takada, A. (2011). Pre-verbal infant-caregiver interaction. In A. Duranti, E. Ochs, & B. B. Schieffelin (Eds.), The handbook of language socialization. Oxford: Blackwell, pp.56-80.
  • Takada, A. (2010). Pragmatic constraints for interaction: Sequential organization of imitation activity among the Central Kalahari San. In D. Kimura, M. Nakamura, and K. Takanashi (Eds.), Border and bond of interaction: Perspectives from the studies of primate, human, and conversationKyoto: Showado, pp.360-379 (in Japanese).
  • Takada, A. (2008). Recapturing space: Production of inter-subjectivity among the Central Kalahari San. In A. Irving, A. Sen, & N. Rapport (Eds.), Journeys: The International Journal of Travel and Travel Writing, 9(2), Senses of spatial equilibrium and the journey: Confounded, discomposed, recomposed. New York: Berghahn Journals (pp.114-137).
  • Takada, A. (2008). Kinship and naming among the Ekoka !Xun. In S. Ermisch (Ed.), Research in Khoisan studies, No.22, Khoisan languages and linguistics: Proceedings of the 2nd International Symposium, January 8-12, 2006, Riezlern/Kleinwalsertal. Cologne, Germany: Rüdiger Köppe Verlag Köln (pp.303-322).
  • Takada, A. (2008). Les pratiques de navigation dans le désert du Karahari (Botswana) chez les San: Exemple d'observation participante. In H. Norimatsu & N. Pigem (Eds.), Collection Cursus, psychologie: Les techniques d'observation en sciences humaines. Paris: Armand Colin, (pp.132-141). takada4
  • Takada, A. (2008). Historical relationship between power and the San in Northern Namibia. In K. Ikeya, S. Takeuchi, & R. Sato (Eds.), Asakura world geography series: Stories between the earth and human, No.12, Africa II. Tokyo: Asakura Shoten, pp.601-614 (in Japanese).
  • Takada, A. (2007). Beyond the speech: Navigation practices of the Central Kalahari San. In K. Kawai (Ed.), Anthropology of living field: Process of cognition, practice, and representation on land and nature. Kyoto: Kyoto University Academic Press, pp.141-183 (in Japanese).
  • Takada, A. (2007). Changing locality and ethnic cohesion among the San in Ohangwena, Namibia. In Y. Fujioka, & M. Iida (Eds.), ASAFAS Special Paper, No.9, Globalisation and locality in Southern Africa: Views from local communities.
  • Takada, A. (2006). Caregiver-infant interaction among the G|ui: Notes on "Sao kx'am" practices. In T. Sugeno (Ed.), Humanics of body and action. Osaka: Philosophical Anthropology / Modern Semiotics, Graduate School of Human Sciences, Osaka University, pp.95-104 (in Japanese).
  • Takada, A. (2005). Mother-infant interactions among the !Xun: Analysis of gymnastic and breastfeeding behaviors. In B. S. Hewlett & M. E. Lamb (Eds.), Hunter-gatherer childhoods: Evolutionary, developmental, and cultural perspectives (pp.289-308). New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers.
  • Takada, A. (2005). The importance of gesture and grammar in displaying directional markers: Evidence from the San of the Central Kalahari. In K. Sugawara (Ed.), Construction and distribution of body resources: Correlations between ecological, symbolic and medical systems (pp.31-55). Tokyo, Japan: The head office of the project on "Distribution and sharing of resources in symbolic and ecological systems: Integrative model-building in anthropology".
  • Takada, A. (2005). The San go with an immense knowledge of the environment. In K. Mizuno (Ed.), The study of African nature. Tokyo: Kokonshoin, pp.183-194 (in Japanese).
  • Nonaka, K. & Takada, A. (2004) Waymarks in the desert: Navigation skills of the Central Kalahari San. In K. Nonaka (ed.), Navigation in the wild: From ethnography to the science of spatial cognition. Tokyo: Kokonshoin, pp.23-54 (in Japanese).
  • Takada, A. (2004). Nomadic lifestyle and childrearing: Analysis of gymnastic behavior among the Central Kalahari San. In J. Tanaka, S. Sato, K. Sugawara, & I. Ohta (Eds.), Nomads: Living in African wilderness. Kyoto: Showado, pp.228-248 (in Japanese).
  • • Takada, A. (2003). Child development and culture: Psychology and anthropology. In M. Kataoka & N. Yoshida (Eds.), An invitation to developmental psychology. Kyoto: Sekaishisosha, pp.208-231 (in Japanese).
  • Takada, A. (2003). The development of social interaction among the San of Southern Africa. Ph.D. Dissertation. Kyoto University, Kyoto (in Japanese).
  • Takada, A. (1998). Child development and caregiving behavior among the San, hunter-gatherers. M.A. Thesis. Kyoto University, Kyoto (in Japanese).
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Major Research Projects

Fiscal Year 2012-2015 Primary Investigator of Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A) “Cultural and ecological foundations of education and learning: An anthropological study on rhythm, imitation, and exchange (No. 24242035)” funded by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.

Fiscal Year 2014 Primary Investigator of Ishizue research support grant “Ground works for constructing the multimodal communication corpus of San” funded by Kyoto University.

Fiscal Year 2012-2014 Primary Investigator of Grant-in-Aid for Challenging Exploratory Research “Mutual understanding across species: Construction of ability in human-chimpanzee interactions (No. 24650136)” funded by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.

Fiscal Year 2012-2014 Primary Investigator of Research Grants of National Institute of Informatics (Fiscal Year 2012) “Development of recording and analysing methods of the process of mutual monitoring in caregiver-child interactions”.

Fiscal Year 2012-2013 Primary Investigator of Research Grants of the Inamori Foundation “The visual culture in Savannah: Anthropological study of gesture-based communication among San societies”.

Feb-Sep 2011 Visiting Scholar at the UCLA Center for Language, Interaction, and Culture (Research Project “Linguistic anthropological study of responsibility formation in early caregiver-child interactions”)

Fiscal Year 2007-2011 Primary Investigator of Grant-in-Aid for Young Scientists (S) “Cultural formation of responsibility in caregiver-child interactions (No.19672002)” funded by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.

Jul-Sep 2007 Visiting Scholar at the UCLA Center for Language, Interaction, and Culture (Research Project “Practices of early cultural learning: Responsibility in caregiver-infant interaction”)

Fiscal Year 2005-2007 Primary Investigator of Grant-in-Aid for Young Scientists (B), “An anthropological study on caregiver-child interaction with respect to language socialization: Cross-cultural comparison on “assessment” in wh-question-answer sequence (No.17720227),” funded by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.

Fiscal Year 2002-2003 Primary Investigator of Grant-in-Aid for JSPS Fellows (PD), “An anthropological study on caregiving behaviour and child development among the San (No. 00754)”, funded by Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.

Awards, Committees, and Social Activities

2007- Co-director of the Child Development Research Group, Kyoto University http://www.bun.kyoto-u.ac.jp/~sitakura/infant_scientist.html

2004 16th Research Award of Japan Association for African Studies

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