Dr Shoko Yoneyama

Dr Shoko Yoneyama
 Position Senior Lecturer
 Org Unit Asian Studies
 Email shoko.yoneyama@adelaide.edu.au
 Telephone +61 8 8313 5187
 Location Floor/Room 6 38 ,  Kenneth Wills Building ,   North Terrace
  • Qualifications

    PhD (La Trobe), DipEd (Tsuda), BA (Tsuda 津田塾大学英文科)

    PhD thesis (sociology, March 1993): Perceptions of School and School Stress among Secondary School Students in Australia and Japan

  • Awards & Achievements

    1996                     Stephen Cole the Elder Prize for Excellence in Teaching 

    Research Positions

    2008- 2009     Visiting Researcher, Institute of Human Sciences (Research Institute)  

                            Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto

    1997                Visiting Fellow, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, ANU, Canberra

  • Teaching Interests



    1) Social Sciences

    2014-2015       Ecological Crisis and Economic Power in Asia (Coordination & Teaching)

    2009-2013       Re-Orienting Asia: Towards a Sustainable Future (Coordination & Teaching)

    1996-2003       Japanese Society: Development and the Environment (Coordination & Teaching)                             

    2) Japanese Language: Coordination and Teaching

    1989-2015       Japanese language courses at all levels

    3) Honours Supervision (Principal supervisor 2010-2015)

    2015                Renewable Energy in Japan: Laura Trobbiani

    2015                Right-wing Nationalist Groups: Yasmin Bottos (semester 2)

    2014                Post-disaster pursuit of spirituality amongst youth in Japan: Philippa Battersby

    2013                Ibasho as the key to understanding the youth-society relationship: Justine Pelle         

    2013                A study of post-disaster creative works in Japan: Xanthe Kitchen       

    2012                A Semiotic Exploration of the Outsider: Nick Johnson           

    2010                The Herbivorous Male and the Cultural Creatives: Steven Attwood* MPhil in 2015

    1990-2009 Additional 15 Honours supervised (as principal) and completed.



    2015                PhD. Principal supervisor. Philip White

                            Public Participation in Japan’s Nuclear Energy Policy-Forming Process: Comparison of Pre- and Post-Fukushima Processes’

    2015                Masters by Research. Principal supervisor. Steven Attwood

                            A Future to Pine for: Transmodernist Movement in Japan’

    2011                PhD. Principal supervisor. Glen Stafford

    ‘The Unexpected Transformations of Chinese International Students in Australia’

    2008                 PhD. Principal supervisor. So Fei Wong

     ‘Reframing Futoko (School Non-attendance) in Japan: a Social Movement Perspective

    2006                PhD. Co-supervisor.  Tomoko Hidaka

    ‘Corporate Warriors or Company Animals? An Investigation of Japanese Salaryman Masculinities across Three Generations’ (Chilla Bulbeck as principal supervisor)


    2014-               PhD. Principal supervisor. Rie Kido

     On the Question of ‘Ikizurasa’ (alienation) among Japanese youth

    2014-               PhD. Principal supervisor. Maki Hammond,

                            Critique of Modernity in post-3.11 Japan: Ishimure Michiko phenomenon

    2013-               PhD.  Co-supervisor.  Katherine Arguile, Creative writing



    1. Language

    l   Invited Speaker (for Japanese): Adelaide Language Festival (coordinated by Professor Ghil’ad Zuckermann) 16-17 May 2014.

    l   Coordinator and Chair: Special Seminars on Language Teaching and Learning. Invited speakers: Professor Kent Anderson, ‘Three Provocations about Language Teaching from an Ally’; Dr Mark Gibeau, Lecturer, Japan Centre, ANU ‘Blended Learning in the Language Classroom: A Practical Approach’ 25 October 2013.

    2. BEACON: Global Engagement (Social Sciences/Asian Studies)

    l   Coordinator: New Colombo Plan (2014) and Asia Bound (2015) funded: Gateway Japan Study Tour see:  http://arts.adelaide.edu.au/asian/study/study-overseas/

    l   Invited speaker: The Festival of Learning and Teaching (12 November 2014 ‘Gateway Japan Study Tour: New Colombo Plan Success Story and Beyond’: Global Citizenship/ Intercultural Competence Stream)

  • Research Interests

    Sociology of education: Japanese education, education in Asia,  education in Australia, comparative education, international education, globalisation of education, student alienation, school non-attendance, bullying, alternative education, Steiner education, student alienation and empowerment, social movement through education

    Sociology of food and agriculture: organic farming as social movement

    Environmental sociology: environmental pollution in Japan and Asia, Minamata, Fukushima

    Sociology of spirituality: theory building, Asian Studies as method


  • Publications


    *Book Chapter: Yoneyama, S. (2015 in press) 学びよければすべてよし生徒の視点で考えるシュタイナー学校の学習環境と学校資本 [All’s well that is learned well: Student experiences of the Waldorf Steiner school capital/resources and  learning environment] Nagata Yoshiyuki (ed.) 世界のオルタナティブ教育[Alternative education in the world] Seori Shobo, Tokyo.

    *Refereed Journal: Yoneyama, S. (2015) ‘Theorizing School Bullying: Insights from Japan’, CONFERO: Essays on Education, Philosophy and Politics (Sweden), Special issue: Essays on School Bullying: Theoretical Perspectives on a Contemporary Problem. P.Horton and C.Forsberg (eds.) http://www.confero.ep.liu.se/contents.asp?doi=10.3384/confero.2001-4562.1532

    *Yoneyama, S. (2013) 'Life-world: Beyond Fukushima and Minamata', Asian Perspective, vol 37, no 4 (Oct.-Dec.), pp.567-592.

    *Yoneyama, S. (2013) 'Life-world: Beyond Fukushima and Minamata' in, Brian Earl (ed.), Japan's "Abandoned People" in the Wake of Fukushima, Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus Course Reader No.6, www.japanfocus.org/course_readerespp.84-110.

    *Yoneyama, S. (2012) 'Life-world: Beyond Fukushima and Minamata', The Asia-Pacific Journal:Japan Focus, Vol 10, Issue 42, No. 2, October 15, 2012.http://www.japanfocus.org/-Shoko-YONEYAMA/3845#  

    *Yoneyama, S. (2012) 'Critiquing critical thinking: Asia's contribution towards sociological conceptualisation', in Song, Xianlin, and Cadman, Kate (eds) Bridging Transcultural Divides: Asian Languages and Cultures in Global Higher Education, University of Adelaide Press, pp.231-249. http://www.adelaide.edu.au/press/titles/transcultural-divides/transcultural-divides-ebook.pdf

    *Williams, B. and Yoneyama, S. (2011) 'Japan's Education System: Problems and prospects in post-industrial age', in Jain, P. and Williams, B. (eds) Japan in Decline: Fact or Fiction, Global Oriental, pp.147-165.

    *Yoneyama, S.(2010) 'Spirituality in life stories in postmodernising Japan', Conference Proceedings (refereed), the 18th Biennial Conference of the Asian Studies Association of Australia, Adelaide, 5-8 July 2010. http://asaa.asn.au/ASAA2010/index.php#review

    *Yoneyama, S. (2010) 'What Teachers Can Do about Bullying in the Classroom', in Ng, Esther and Rigby, Ken (eds) Breaking the Silence: Bullying in Singapore, Armour Publishing, ISBN 9789814270250. pp.163-181.

    Yoneyama, S. (2009) 'Primary School in Japan: Self, Individuality and Learning in Elementary Education' by Peter Cave (London, Routledge, 2007, 222pp.), book review, Japanese Studies, 29 (2):305-307.

    *Yoneyama, S. (2008) 'The Era of Bullying: Japan under Neoliberalism', The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus, Vol. 1-3-09.  http://www.japanfocus.org/-Shoko-YONEYAMA/3001 Also listed on Asia-Studies Monthly Highlights for January 2009 at http://www.asia-studies.com/index.html

    *Yoneyama, S. (2007) 'Moving Teachers from Complicity in Bullying to Change', Essential Teacher (Compleat Links) 4(1) March, pp.7, ISSN 15456501 http://www.tesol.org/s_tesol/secetdoc.asp?CID=1479&DID=7979

    *Yoneyama, S. and Murphey, T. (2007) 'Tipping Points of Class Size: When caring communications and relationships become possible?' JALT (The Japan Association for Language Teaching) Hokkaido Journal, 11:16-28. http://www.jalthokkaido.net/jh_journal/2007/yoneyama_murphey.pdf (PDF available below under 'Files')

    Yoneyama, S. (2007) 'Holistic Approaches to Bullying: the "Method of Shared Concern" and Autonomy-Oriented Learning', Learning Learning http://ld-sig.org/LL/LL14one/2007a.pdf#page=27 (with Japanese translation by Aya Sasaki)(Invited paper) or http://ld-sig.org/LL/2007a.pdf

    Nagata Yoshiyuki 永田佳之& Yoneyama Shoko米山尚子(2007) 「越境する学習者のまなざし:オーストラリアの日本人留学生から見た日本の教育社会」 [A comparative assessment by border-crossing learners: Japan as education society seen from the perspective of Japanese international students in Australian schools], The Proceedings of 59th Annual Meeting of the Japan Society of Educational Sociology 日本教育社会学界第59回大会、Ibaraki University, 茨城大学、22-23 September, pp.247-250.

    Yoneyama, S. (2007) The Japanese High School: Silence and Resistance (Paperback edition through Routledge Paperbacks Direct), London and New York, Routledge, 312 pp. ISBN:978-0-415-43829-2. Also available as eBook.

    *Yoneyama, S. and K. Rigby (2006) 'Bully/Victim students and classroom climate', Youth Studies Australia, 25 (3):34-41.

    *Yoneyama, S. (2006) 'Student-teacher relations as the key to sustainable learning: Japanese education in comparative perspective', The Language Teacher, 30(7):48-51.

    Yoneyama, S. (2006) 「学び良ければすべてよし:生徒の学校観に見るシュタイナー学校の<学習力>」永田佳之代表『「公設民営」型学校に関する国際比較研究』科学研究費補助金基礎研究(B)研究課題番号15402047 'Student Perceptions of the School Learning Environment: A Comparative Study of Steiner and Mainstream Schools', Yoshiyuki Nagata (ed.) 'An International Comparative Study on Independent Schools with Public Subsidies', Research Report for Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS/Kaken) Project no. 15402047, pp.72-77.

    Yoneyama, S. (2004) Book Review: Roger Goodman and David Phillips (eds), Can the Japanese Change Their Education System? Oxford: Symposium Books.  Japanese Studies, 24(1):140-142. (See attached below under 'Files')

    *Yoneyama, S. and Naito, A. (2003) 'Problems with the Paradigm: the school as a factor in understanding bullying (with special reference to Japan)' British Journal of Sociology of Education, 24(3): 315-330.

    *Yoneyama, S. (2002) 'Japanese "Educational Reform": The Plan for the Twenty-First Century', in Maswood, J., Graham, J., and Miyajima, H. (eds), Japan: Change and Continuity, London, Routledge Curzon: 192-213.

    *S.Yoneyama (2001) 'Stress, disempowerment, bullying, and School Non-attendance', The Language Teacher (Special issue on meritocracy), 25(10):17-22. http://www.jalt-publications.org/tlt/articles/2001/10/yoneyama

    *Yoneyama, S. (2000) 'Student Discourse on Tokokyohi (School Phobia/ Refusal) in Japan: Burnout or Empowerment?', British Journal of Sociology of Education, 21(1): 77-94.

    Yoneyama, S. (2000) 'Education in Contemporary Japan: Inequality and Diversity' by Kaori Okano and Motonori Tsuchida (book review), Japanese Studies, 20 (1): 112-115.

    **Yoneyama, S. (1999) The Japanese High School: Silence and Resistance, London and New York, Routledge, 287 pp. ISBN: 0-415-15439-1(hb)

    *Yoneyama, S. (1997) 'Japanese Studies: Prospects in the Context of Australian Higher Education', Japanese Studies, 17(2-3): 47-56.

    Yoneyama, S. (1996) 'Growth in Organic Agriculture: Japanese Farmers' Perspectives', Ecology and Farming, January: 14-16.

    *Yoneyama, S, and Radford, M. (1996) 'Social Cost of Stress: the Educational System and its Effect upon Students in Japan', in M. Low and H. Marriott (ed.), Japanese Science, Technology and Economic Growth Down-Under, Monash Asia Institute, Melbourne, pp.158-197. (Book chapter)

    Yoneyama, S. (1996) 'Difference and Modernity: Social Theory and Contemporary Japanese Society by John Clammer' (book review), Japanese Studies, 16 (1): 108-111.

    *Yoneyama, S. (1995) 'Prescriptions from the Periphery: Japanese Farmers and the Search for a Survival Strategy', Japanese Studies, 15(1): 49-76.

    Aoki, N. and Yoneyama, S. (1995) Osutoraria Rokusennichi o Yomu: Reading Yoshio Sugimoto's '6000 Days in Australia', Japanese Studies Centre, Melbourne (Expanded second edition, 250 pp.) (Japanese language textbook)

    *Yoneyama, S. (1995) 'Organic Farming: Japanese Farmers' Search for a Survival Strategy', Asia Pacific Journal on Environment and Development, 1(2): 68-91.

    Aoki, N. and Yoneyama, S. (1994) Osutoraria Rokusennichi o Yomu: Reading Yoshio Sugimoto's '6000 Days in Australia', Japanese Studies Centre, Melbourne, 135 pp. (Japanese language textbook)

    Yoneyama, S. (1991) 'Multi-cultural Australia by Masami Sekine' (book review), Minami Hankyu hyoron [Southern Hemisphere Review], 7: 95-96.


    2015    Keynote speaker. Survival Politics in East Asia: Socio-Environmental Crisis and Grassroots Responses, Symposium for ARC Laureate Project ‘Informal Life Politics in the Making of Northeast Asia’ by Professor Tessa Morris-Suzuki, ANU 4-6 March. Title: ‘Animism: A Grassroots Response to Socio-Environmental Crisis in Japan’  

    2014   Invited speaker. Japan Updates: the flagship conference of the ANU Japan Institute and the Australia-Japan Research Centre (AJRC). 17 October. Presentation title: ‘Civil Society Discourses on Life, Soul, and Nature: Re-thinking the Social Sciences for the Post-Fukushima Era’, http://japaninstitute.anu.edu.au/events/2014-japan-update           

    2014    Presentation. Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) conference: ‘Discourse on Animism: A ‘Narrow Ridge’ in Japanese Studies’, 7-10 July. UWA.

    2013    Invited speaker. 183rd International Research Center for Japanese Studies (Nichibunken) Evening Seminar on Japanese Studies.  ‘Animism for Modernity: Lessons from Minamata for the Post-Fukushima World’, 5 December 2013, Kyoto. 

    2013    Panel presentation.Re-imagining Social Science for a New Modernity in post-3.11 Japan: The philosophy of the ‘life-world’ by Minamata fisherman Ogata Masato’, Panel: ‘Fukushima and Nature: Exploring limits in the Modern Episteme’, Australian National University, July 8-11.

    2012    Presentation. ‘Re-imagining Social Sciences for a New Modernity in Post-3/11 Japan’, Research School of Asia-Pacific Symposium, ANU, November 2012.

    2011    Invited speaker for the keynote panel: ‘Japan’s Education Revolution: Local and Global Dimensions’, with Keynote Speaker: Prof. Roger Goodman (Head, Social Sciences, University of Oxford), ‘Whatever is happening to Japan’s Higher Education System?’, Japanese Studies Association of Australia (JSAA) Conference, 4-7 July, Melbourne. Presentation title: ‘Knowledge Crisis and a Search for Hybrid Experts for Post-3.11 Japan’.

    2010    Presentation. 'Spirituality in life stories in postmodernising Japan', Conference Proceedings,Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) 18th Biennial Conference, University of Adelaide, 5-8 July.


    Competitive Research Grants (2010 -)

    2011    University of Adelaide, HUMSS FRAGS ‘Spirituality for Modernity:

                Stories of Life’s Turning Points in Japan’ ($3,400)

    2010    University of Adelaide, HUMSS Faculty Research Grant, $6,000

  • Professional Associations

    2015-2016       ASAA Council member (elected).  Japan and North East Asia Councillor.

    2002- 2012      Social Science Editor, Japanese Studies, Journal for Japanese Studies Association of Australia, ERA Rank A journal

    2004 - present Australian Research Council (ARC): ‘Expert of International Standing’ and ‘ARC Discovery Assessor’, Nominated for ‘ARC/ERA Peer Reviewer’ (2010)

    2006 - present The University of Adelaide Representative, SA Coalition to Decrease Bullying, Harassment and Violence in South Australian Schools (see below for details).


    The Japanese Studies Association of Australia

    The Asian Studies Assocaiton of Australia

    Japan Holistic Education Society

    The Japan Society of Educational Sociology

  • Community Engagement

     Coordinator: Thank you from Japan Exhibition: My Dream of 10 Years from Now' -- Drawings by Fukushima Children’ at Barr Smith Library.  A collaborattive project with the Consulate-General of Japan in Melbourne, Art & Heritage Collections, the Global Engagement and the Centre for Asian Studies. The exhibition was held for 2 months from 17 October to 14 December 2012. A large number of people, including groups of school students, came to the exhibition and wrote messages to the Fukushima children, which were sent to the children who drew pictures via the Consulate-General of Japan. 

    SBS Radio Japanese 

    Pictures of Fukushima Children, 23 October 2012

    Nuke accidents and cosmopolitans, 3 July 2012

    Member, The Coalition to Decrease Bullying, Harassment and Violence in South Australian Schools launched in 2005 by the Rann Government as the peak body representing three universities in South Australia, SA Department of Education and Children's Services (DECS), Catholic Education South Australia (CESA), and Association of Independent Schools of South Australia (AISSA) to address the issues of bullying, harassment and violence in South Australian Schools. http://www.decs.sa.gov.au/speced2/pages/default/a25792/

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