The National Museum of Ethnology (Minpaku) is a research center for ethnology and cultural anthropology.
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Global Structuring of the White Race

Joint Research Coordinator FUJIKAWA Takao (Special Guest Researcher)

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Objectives

FY2004
Post-modernism has critiqued the binomial oppositional world view, but to what degree has research concerning binomial opposition from other polarities, such as blacks versus whites, or women versus men, been actually carried on? We believe that there has not been comprehensive research concerning the special existence enjoyed by the white race in terms of historical formation carried out in line with its standards of civilization, Western norms and images of an ideal future. Our goal is research to determine the degree of impact of this historical formation of the existence of the white man and global development on the universalistic world view known as globalism. Research on the white race in the United States and cultural studies in Europe have suffered because in the United States the object of study is limited to the United States while in Europe all causes are traced to Enlightenment thinking and Western rationalism. The result has been a notable lack of interest in the actual historical development. This research aims to overcome these problems.