This panel aims to understand how 'kizuna' (bonding) can be created and negotiated in using language. Using approaches in linguistic anthropology, it discusses 1) how it is socially created / shared, 2) the relevance of anthropology to better understand the role of language in various bond.
This panel aims to understand how 'kizuna' or 'bonding' can be created and negotiated in using language. With the special attention to the context of family and community, presenters provide ethnographically obtained discourse data. They use approaches in linguistic anthropology to analyze recorded interviews and talk, and discuss how kizuna is socially created, shared, and defined in the moment of language use. Risako Ide's paper, titled "Discourse of motherhood: A comparative study of interview narratives of Japanese and American women" illustrates how paralinguistic cues such as laughter plays a role to create and maintain the sense of community and shared feeling. Kaori Hata's paper, "Japaneseness: how do Japanese living abroad recreate it after 3.11?," illustrates how Japanese women in London redefine "Japaneseness" after the earthquake. Takako Okamoto's paper, "De/reconstruction of a communicative relationship: analyzing interview narratives between junior and senior women in a Japanese farming community," analyzes discourses from different generations. It discusses how women in a farming community in Tochigi feel the age gap, attempt to overcome it, and to create/recreate a communicative bond. Chiho Sunakawa's paper, "Creating family bonds across geographic boundaries: webcam interactions between Japanese families," demonstrates how communication technology provides an important context for dispersed families in the US and Japan to create and maintain their family relationships and responsibilities. With globally obtained discourse data, this panel will contribute to our understanding of the role of language in the management of emotive, social, and communal bonds.