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Slater David

NameSlater David
AffiliationSophia University
SectionFaculty of Liberal Arts, Department of Liberal Arts
Job titleProfessor
DegreeB.A.(Vassar College), M.A.(University of Chicago), PH.D.(University of Chicago)
Research funding number70296888
J-Global ID200901010352982907


My research focuses on the following topics: social class and capitalism; youth culture; employment and labor; education; urban form and society; semiotics. Japan.Youth Culture; Education; Social Class; Digitality and New Technology; Urban Form and Society; Semiotics. Japan(Subject of research)
New forms of digital technology used by youth
Freeter Culture

Research Interests

Refugees and displaced populations ,Social class and capitalism ,Migrants, migration and ethnic minorities in Japan ,Japan, Tokyo, Tohoku ,Social Justice ,Race, racism ,Disaster Studies ,Semiotics ,Cultural anthropology ,Urban ethnography ,Social Movements ,Digital Humanities, Digital Social Sciences ,Migrants ,Labor ,Digital Media ,Youth Culture

Research Areas

  • Humanities & social sciences / Sociology / Refugees; migrant; youth; disaster; social class; oral narrative; urban ethnography; Tohoku; Tokyo

Research History

Apr 1998
Mar 1999
National Institute of Multimedia Education  Affiliated Researcher 
Apr 1995
Mar 1998
Waseda University  Instructor 
Apr 1996
Tokyo International University  Instructor 
Jan 1996
Council on International Educational Exchange  Instructor 
Aug 1992
Mar 1994
Tokyo Metropolitan High Schools  Instructor 


Apr 1990
Mar 1997
University of Chicago Anthropology Education. Social Class


David H. Slater   
This is a collection of original articles on diverse vulnerable populations in Japan in the wake of the new coronavirus pandemic. The effects of COVID-19 are felt differently, with some among us at much greater risk of infection due to preexisting...
David H. Slater   Rose Barbaran   
ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL-JAPAN FOCUS   18(18)    Sep 2020   [Refereed]
In the context of the global increase in displaced people, spiking to nearly 80 million in these corona times, Japan has also seen a dramatic increase in the number of applications for refugee asylum since 2010. Despite increasing numbers of appli...
David H. Slater   Sara Ikebe   
Of the many populations at risk in these corona times, the homeless are among the most vulnerable. Without shelter, having to do without personal protective equipment, often without health insurance and unable to limit contact with strangers, the ...
David H. Slater   
AMERICAN ANTHROPOLOGIST   121(2) 538-539   May 2019
Love Kindstrand   Keiko Nishimura   David H. Slater   
Routledge Handbook of East Asian Popular Culture   148-157   Dec 2016   [Refereed]

Books and Other Publications

Slater David(Part:Joint author, 32-40)
Flick Studio   Jun 2012   (ISBN:9784904894026)   
An ethnographic analysis of the configuration and use of space in a Tokyo evacuation center (避難所)
Slater David(Part:Joint author, 94-109)
Routledge   11 Mar 2012   (ISBN:9780415698566)   
This paper charts chronologically the different phases since 3.11, showing how social media became involved in each. During the first crucial moments after disaster, individuals texting and tweeting information, and uploading videos, generated hug...
Slater David(Part:Joint author, 103-115)
Routledge   Sep 2011   (ISBN:9780415436496)   
Slater David(Part:Joint edit)
Journal of the Society for Cultural Anthropology   Sep 2011      
We solicited entries now, as events are still unfolding, from those who are at the center of these shifts. We asked them to address in 500-700 words some aspect of the unfolding crisis that has become known as 3.11, as Fukushima, We have collected...
Slater David
Routledge   1 Mar 2009      

Professional Memberships

American Anthropological Association
Association of Asian Studies
American Educational Research Association
Japanese Association of Cultural Anthropology
Anthropology of Japan in Japan (AJJ)

Research Projects

"Displaced Spiritualities;" Religious conviction among refugee asylum seekers in Tokyo
日本学術振興会: 科学研究費助成事業
Slater David 
Project Year: Apr 2022 - Mar 2025
Project Year: Jun 2019 - Mar 2023
日本学術振興会: 科学研究費助成事業
Slater David FULCO FLAVIA 
Project Year: Nov 2015 - Mar 2018
Voices from Tohoku: 3.11 Oral Narrative Archive
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science: Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research
Slater David 
Project Year: Apr 2014 - Mar 2018