The National Museum of Ethnology (Minpaku) is a research center for ethnology and cultural anthropology.

Understanding 'The Lives of Children' in the Contemporary Fields of Health, Medicine and Social Welfare

Joint Research Coordinator MICHINOBU Ryoko

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Regardless of differences in age, gender, and external environment, children are active agents who produce information about their lives. Every society and culture develops shared frameworks for understanding that information. Within each society and culture, however, there may be subtle differences in that understanding. In contemporary societies, the gap between shared and different understandings has widened in ways that influence policies toward medical care and health and social welfare services for children.

For this joint research project we are bringing together anthropologists, a sociologist, a medical doctor, and other experts/practitioners in the fields of health, medicine and social welfare to look at the lives of children, from such multifaceted perspectives. The results will be of significant value to all four fields.