I have been conducting research on aging and care in Japan since 2005. I have been continually inspired by all of the people I have met through my research, some of whom have become collaborators, friends, advisers, and mentors.

In 2015 I was awarded an Enhancing Life Project Early Career Award to conduct ethnographic research on the meanings of family caregiving and the experience of compassion in the UK and Japan. I am currently working on a monograph comparing Japanese and UK caregiver experiences.





Fieldwork Experience

Major projects, 2005-2015


Making Care Meaningful: Coherence, Worldview, and Burnout among Family Caregivers of Older Adults in Contemporary Urban Japan

 Research Dates: 2013-2015
Funding Source: Japan Society for Promotion of Science Post-Doctoral Fellowship; Oxford Brookes Faculty Research Grant


"No Room for the Old or the Altar"?: Aging and Spirit Memorial in Contemporary Urban Japan

Research Dates: 2005-2014

Funding Sources: IIE Fulbright Grant, UC Pacific Rim Mini-Grant, UW Milwaukee Center on Age and Community Postdoctoral Fellowship


academic appointments

Oxford Brookes University

Senior Lecturer in Anthropology of Japan
Center for Medical Humanities


  • Social Anthropology Theory
  • introduction to Japanese Culture and Society
  • Reading Contemporary Ethnography
  • Fantasy and the Supernatural in Japanese Culture
  • Culture and Care

Rhode Island College

Assistant Professor of Anthropology and affiliate of Gerontology
Member of the Institutional Review Board.


  • Cultural anthropology
  • Advanced seminars in medical anthropology, religion, and aging

recent publications

Danely, J. 2017 Carer Narratives of fatigue and endurance in Japan and England. Subjectivity.

Danely, J. 2017 A Watchful Presence: Aesthetics of Well-Being in a Japanese Pilgrimage. Ethnos 82(1): 165-192.

Danely, J. 2016 Affect, Infrastructure, and Vulnerability: Making and breaking Japanese eldercare. Medicine Anthropology Theory 3(2): 198-222.

Find more publications through my Google Scholar profile