Curriculum Vitaes

Tomofumi Oka

  (岡 知史)

Profile Information

Affiliation
Professor, Faculty of Human Sciences, Sophia University
Degree
PhD(Feb, 2003, Cardiff University, Wales, UK)
Master of Arts(Mar, 1985, Osaka City University)

Contact information
t-okafulbrightmail.org
Researcher number
50194329
ORCID ID
 https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7451-9628
J-GLOBAL ID
201701009755784433
Researcher ID
O-7632-2019
researchmap Member ID
B000271829

External link

https://publons.com/researcher/1431544/tomofumi-oka/

Editorial board member:
Qualitative Social Work(2001-present, Sage)
The Qualitative Report(2005-present, Nova Southeastern University)
International Journal of Self-Help and Self Care (2010-2014, Baywood)
Voluntaristics Review Brill Research Perspectives (2017-present, Brill)
Society (an active reviewer, 2019.05-2020.04, Universitas Bangka Belitung, accredited by the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education of the Republic of Indonesia)


Major Papers

 71
  • Tomofumi Oka
    The Community Psychologist, 53(2) 19-21, Apr, 2020  Peer-reviewedLead author
  • Carol Munn-Giddings, Tomofumi Oka, Thomasina Borkman, Grace L. Chikoto, Jürgen Matzat, Rolando Montaño-Fraire
    The Palgrave Handbook of Volunteering, Civic Participation, and Nonprofit Associations, 1 393-416, Jan 1, 2017  Invited
    This chapter explores a type of formal volunteering, carried out in groups, by peers who share a problematic health, economic, or social condition or situation. Peers meet together in self-help/mutual aid groups (SH/MAGs) to alleviate or improve their own circumstances. Of particular importance are the reciprocal social relationships in these groups — active participants both give and receive support. The chapter traces the broad history of SH/MAGs, reflecting similarities and differences in the co-authors’ regions of the world. The benefits that accrue to people active in SH/MAGs are highlighted at a personal, collective, and community level. The authors explore how self-help/mutual aid is enabled, given the challenges currently facing this form of volunteering, including global economic austerity and the dominance of professional and paternalistic modes of help.
  • Richard Chenhall, Tomofumi Oka
    Japanese Studies, 36(1) 105-124, Jan 2, 2016  Peer-reviewed
    ABSTRACT: Stigma associated with alcoholism is common in Japan, and individuals who suffer from alcoholism often feel that it is a taboo to discuss their problems with alcohol in the general public. This paper describes the way in which the self-help group called Danshukai offers a model for recovery for people suffering from alcoholism in Japan. Since 2006, the authors have been involved in various meetings and conducted conversational and semi-structured interviews with leaders and rank-and-file members of Danshukai. In Danshukai, recovery is viewed as a spiritual process offering the potential for a new life compared to models offered by medical treatment that place little emphasis on the role of spirituality in recovery. While medical models seek to reduce alcohol-related stigma by viewing it as a treatable ‘disease’, rather than a personality weakness, Danshukai encourages members to embrace their identity as a Danshukai member and to engage with a ‘way of abstinence’ that includes a lifelong commitment to Danshukai activities and helping others with similar problems.
  • Tomofumi Oka
    Care, Loss, and the End of Life, edited by N. Hinerman & M. R. Sanders, Published by Brill, 127-137, 2016  Peer-reviewed
    “Making Peace with Grief through Indigenous Wisdom.” (Tomofumi Oka, 2016) In N. Hinerman & M. R. Sanders (Eds.), Care, Loss, and the End of Life (pp. 127-137). Oxford, UK: Inter-Disciplinary Press.
  • Tomofumi Oka
    Spirituality: An Interdisciplinary View, edited by Jennifer Mata-McMahon, Tihana Kovač, and Grace Miller, Published by Brill, 131-142, 2016  Peer-reviewed
    “Survivor Spirituality versus Popular-Therapeutic Spirituality: Two Conflicting Approaches to Supporting Japanese Family Survivors of Suicide.” (Tomofumi Oka, 2016) Pp. 131-42 in Spirituality: An Interdisciplinary View, edited by Jennifer Mata-McMahon, Tihana Kovač, and Grace Miller. Oxford, UK: Inter-Disciplinary Press
  • Tomofumi Oka, Richard Chenhall
    Understanding New Perspectives of Spirituality, Published by Brill, 197-212, 2015  Peer-reviewed
    “Spirituality and Japanese Self-Help Groups for Alcoholics: Zen Buddhism for Abstinence.” (Tomofumi Oka and Richard Chehnall, 2015) Pp. 197-212 in Understanding New Perspectives of Spirituality, edited by Edie Lanphar and Agata Wilczek. Freeland, Oxfordshire, UK: The Inter-Disciplinary Press.
  • Richard Chenhall, Tomofumi Oka
    Internationalising Japan: Discourse and Practice, 125-141, Jan 1, 2014  Peer-reviewed
    Self-help groups for alcoholics in Japan: Models of “recovery”. (Richard Chenhall & Tomofumi Oka, 2014) Jeremy Breden, Stacey Steele, & Carolyn S. Stevens (Eds.), Internationalising Japan: Discourse and practice (pp. 125-141). New York: Routledge.
  • Tomofumi Oka
    Making sense of suffering: A collective attempt, edited by A. A. Drautzburg & J. Oldfield, Published by Brill, 75-86, 2013  Peer-reviewed
    “Grief is Love”: Understanding grief through self-help groups organised by the family survivors of suicide (Tomofumi Oka, 2013). In A. A. Drautzburg & J. Oldfield (Eds.), Making sense of suffering: A collective attempt (pp. 75-86). Freeland, Oxfordshire, UK: Inter-Disciplinary Press.
  • Tomofumi Oka
    International Journal of Self-Help and Self Care, 7(2) 217-232, Jan, 2013  Peer-reviewed

Major Misc.

 112

Major Books and Other Publications

 37

Major Presentations

 54

Teaching Experience

 55

Research Projects

 8