Reader in Anthropology
Anthropology Undergraduate Pathway Co-ordinator
Minzu Exchange Co-ordinator
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John Knight completed his doctorate in 1992 at the London School of Economics on the theme of social change in Japanese mountain villages. Before coming to Queen’s, he held research fellowships in Japanese Studies at Wadham College Oxford and at the International Institute of Asian Studies in Leiden University.
He has undertaken extensive field research in rural Japan on a range of topics, including migration, forestry and tourism, on which he has published widely. His other main area of research is human-animal relations, including hunting, people-wildlife conflict, and wildlife tourism.
2012. ‘The anonymity of the hunt: a critique of the hunting–as–sharing thesis’. Current Anthropology 53. (in press)
2010. ‘The ready-to-view wild monkey: the convenience principle in Japanese wildlife tourism’. Annals of Tourism Research 37 (3): 744-762.
2009. ‘Making wildlife viewable: habituation and attraction’. Society and Animals 17 (2): 167-184.
2006. ‘Monkey mountain as a megazoo: analysing the naturalistic claims of “wild monkey parks” in Japan’. Society and Animals
2000. ‘From timber to tourism: recommoditizing the Japanese forest’. Development and Change 31 (1), pp.341-359.
1999. ‘Monkeys on the move: the natural symbolism of people-macaque conflict in Japan’. Journal of Asian Studies 58 (3): 622-647.
1998. ‘Selling mother's love: mail order village food in Japan’. Journal of Material Culture 3 (2): 153-173.
1997. ‘A tale of two forests: reforestation as discourse in Japan and beyond’. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (MAN) n.s. 3 (4): 711-730.
1996. ‘Competing hospitalities in Japanese rural tourism’. Annals of Tourism Research 23 (1): 165-180.
1995. `Tourist as stranger? Explaining rural tourism in Japan’. Social Anthropology 3 (3): 219-234.
Dr. Knight teaches on the following modules:
ANT1003 A World on the Move: Anthropological and Historical Approaches to Globalization
ANT2007/3027 Human-Animal Relations
ANT2008/3033 Japanese Society
ANT7009 Ethnographic Writing in Social Anthropology
Stuart Greenberg. ‘The relationship between humans and bears in Anchorage, Alaska’.
Elina Rowley. ‘Human–shark relationships in coastal Queensland’.
Gavin Watters. ‘The twelfth man: an anthropological study of Cliftonville F.C. football supporters’.
Gemma Wieberg (2010) ‘Opening the way: Hmong kinship and belonging in far north Queensland’.