Chika Watanabe: Becoming One: Religion, Development, and Environmentalism in a Japanese NGO in Myanmar

University of Hawai‘i Press, 2019, 192 pp., works cited, index, USD 68.00
  • Andrew L. WilliamsEmail author
Book Review

Dr. Watanabe is a lecturer in social anthropology at the University of Manchester with significant professional experience and scholarly interest in international relief and development. In addition, her affinity for religious studies scholarship and personal biography as a Japanese-American factor in to this intricate exploration of OISCA—a Japanese humanitarian nongovernmental organization (NGO).

Watanabe’s aim is to “examine the discourses and enactments of solidarity” (p. 4). The key question of the book is how to “take seriously” notions of “becoming one’ across borders with all their historical and political implications as well as their transformative appeal to aid actors” (p. 6). This solidarity is achieved, in part, through the “making of persons” (kitozukuri) in and through communal life and work (p. 82–83). In addition, the research approach exemplifies the power of qualitative analysis to understand and describe human and social complexity. This may not be a stated purpose...


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The author declares that he has no conflict of interest.

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© International Society for Third-Sector Research 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Indiana University Lilly Family School of PhilanthropyIndianapolisUSA

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