Qualitative Sociology

, Volume 9, Issue 4, pp 354–371

Ethnographic boundaries: Culture, class, and sexuality in Tokyo

  • Matthews Masayuki Hamabata

DOI: 10.1007/BF00988464

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Hamabata, M.M. Qual Sociol (1986) 9: 354. doi:10.1007/BF00988464


For those engaged in participant-observation, the first few months in the field are usually extremely difficult. By taking a reflexive turn, however, the events recorded during entrée are invaluable for revealing the social and cultural dimensions of the new life a researcher creates for him or herself. The following is an account of one researcher's attempt to enter a community in contemporary Tokyo. This account reveals the boundaries of culture, class and sexuality between the researcher and the community. The complex set of highly personal ramifications resulting from crossing those boundaries are also discussed.

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© Human Sciences Press 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • Matthews Masayuki Hamabata
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  1. 1.Department of SociologyYale UniversityNew Haven