Dr Tomoko Tamari

Staff details

Position Senior Lecturer in Sociology
Email t.tamari (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone +44 (0)20 7919 7729
Dr Tomoko Tamari

Tomoko joined Goldsmiths in 2013 after being a research fellow at Nottingham Trent University. Her academic background is in sociology, mass communication studies and women’s studies. Her current academic interests cross over sociology, cultural studies and body studies.

Current academic activities:

Managing editor of Body & Society (Sage Publications, London)

Researcher and coordinator for the Theory Culture & Society (TCS) ‘New Encyclopaedia Project’.

Teaching and Supervision

Research interests

Current working areas:

Animation and human perception - especially focusing on the different workings of affect in digital aesthetics and hand-drawing moving images.

Technology and modern architectural design - an exploration of living space design and architectural aesthetics through the Japanese modern architectural movement, Metabolism.

Food culture and lifestyles - focusing on the role of cultural intermediaries and the reformation of cuisine and ‘taste’ in 20th century Japan.

The body and medicine - exploring the medical discourse of biological immunity in relation to the probiotics food/drinks industry.

Body Image and Prosthetic Aesthetics in Paralympic Culture – an exploration of how the modern discourse of prosthesis has shifted from the functional and camouflaged body to the empowered and exhibited body which creates a new cultural sensitivity – prosthetic aesthetics.

Techno-animism - problematizing the binary divide between technology and animism and a series of other related dichotomies: nature/culture, human/non-human, body/mind and religion/secular in Japanese culture and everyday life.

Human-Machine Integration - focusing on the ‘brain interface machine (BIM)’ which was used to create a new physical and sensory (domestic) space and cognitive environment for human beings (smart home) along with the increasing use of information devices in everyday life (home robotics).

Publications and research outputs


Tamari, Tomoko. 2021. Women and Consumer Culture: the Department Store, Modernity and Everyday Life in Early Twentieth Century Japan. Abingdon: Routledge.

Book Section

Tamari, Tomoko. 2020. Japanese Modernity and Consumer Culture in the early 20th Century: The History of Mitsukoshi Department Store. In: , ed. Japanese Modernity Reconsidered. Tokyo: Hakutakusha, pp. 91-122. ISBN 9784768479803

Tamari, Tomoko. 2018. Modernization and the Department Store in Early 20th Century Japan: Modern Girl and New Consumer Culture Lifestyles. In: Krasteva-Blagoeva Evgenia, ed. Approaching Consumer Culture. Basel: Springer, pp. 237-255. ISBN 978-3-030-00226-8

Tamari, Tomoko. 2017. Japanese cultural policy, nation branding and the creative city. In: Victoria Durrer; Toby Miller and Dave O'Brien, eds. The Routledge Handbook of Global Cultural Policy. Oxon: Routledge. ISBN 9781138857827

Tamari, Tomoko. 2009. 'The Culture of Shopping’. In: S Inoue and K Ito, eds. Sociology Basics, Fashion and Everyday Culture. Vol.7. , pp. 137-146


Tamari, Tomoko. 2022. The machine and the materiality of the body: AI and embodied knowledge. Divinatio, 51, ISSN 1310-9456

Tamari, Tomoko. 2021. Interview with Samantha Frost, ‘Attentive Body’: Epigenetic Processes and the Self-formative Subjectivity. Body & Society, 27(3), pp. 87-101. ISSN 1357-034X

Tamari, Tomoko. 2021. The Metabolist Imagination: Visions of the City in Postwar Japanese Architecture and Science Fiction by William O. Gardner. Journal of Japanese Studies, 47(2), pp. 532-536. ISSN 0095-6848

Tamari, Tomoko. 2020. Interview with Bryan S. Turner: Reflections on the 25th Anniversary of Body & Society. Body & Society, 26(4), pp. 97-118. ISSN 1357-034X

Tamari, Tomoko. 2020. Human Perception and The Animated World. Animate Assembly’s Glossary of Animation Today,

Tamari, Tomoko. 2019. Star Architects, Urban Spectacles and Global Brands: Exploring the Case of the Tokyo Olympics 2020. International Journal of Japanese Sociology, 28(1), pp. 45-63. ISSN 0918-7545

Featherstone, Mike and Tamari, Tomoko. 2019. The Olympic Games in Japan and East Asia: Images and Legacies: An Introduction. International Journal of Japanese Sociology, 28(1), pp. 3-10. ISSN 0918-7545

Tamari, Tomoko. 2018. The Tokyo Olympics 2020 Sport Stadium Controversy: Exploring the Role of Star Architects and Global Brands. International Planning History Society Proceedings, 18(1), pp. 1099-1109. ISSN 2468-6956

Tamari, Tomoko. 2017. Body Image and Prosthetic Aesthetics: Disability, Technology and Paralympic Culture. Body & Society, 23(2), pp. 25-56. ISSN 1357-034X

Tamari, Tomoko. 2016. The Department Store in Early 20th Century Japan: Luxury, Aestheticization and Modern Life. Luxury, 3(1-2), pp. 83-103. ISSN 2051-1817

Tamari, Tomoko. 2016. The Phenomenology of Architecture: A short Introduction of Juhani Pallasmaa. Body & Society, 23(1), pp. 1-4. ISSN 1357-034X

Tamari, Tomoko. 2014. Metabolism: Utopian Urbanism and the Japanese Modern Architecture Movement. Theory, Culture & Society, 31(7-8), pp. 201-225. ISSN 0263-2764

Tamari, Tomoko. 2012. ‘Metabolism: the Emergence of Modern Architecture Movement and the Rediscovery of a Japanese Aesthetic’. China Book Review, 9, pp. 58-65. ISSN 1674-912X

Tamari, Tomoko. 2007. Consumer Culture and Chinese Food in Britain. Jiangxi Social Sciences, 8, pp. 234-244.

Tamari, Tomoko. 2006. Reflections on the Development of Cultural Studies in Japan. Theory Culture & Society, 23(7-8), pp. 293-304. ISSN 0263-2764

Tamari, Tomoko. 2006. Cultural Studies in Japan: An Interview with Shunya Yoshimi. Theory Culture & Society, 23(7-8), pp. 305-314. ISSN 0263-2764

Tamari, Tomoko. 2006. Rise of the Department Store and the Aestheticization of Everyday Life in Early 20th Century Japan. International Journal of Japanese Sociology, 15(1), pp. 99-118. ISSN 0918-7545

Tamari, Tomoko. 2005. 'Chinese Food in Britain: Consumer Culture and Taste’. Ajia Yugaku (Intriguing Asia), 77, pp. 128-139.

Tamari, Tomoko. 2000. ‘A Study of the Socio-cultural Role of the Department Store and the Formation of Gender Identity in Japan: the Saleswomen in Modern Urban Culture and the Rise of Department Store,’. Japan Association for Cultural Economics, 2(2), pp. 71-84.

Tamari, Tomoko. 1999. ‘The Social Roles of the Department Store in Japan: the History of Way of Seeing and the Formation of the Modern Consumer,’. Japan Association for Cultural Economics, 1(4), pp. 53-63.

Conference or Workshop Item

Tamari, Tomoko. 2013. 'The Meanings of Cookery: Everyday Life and Aesthetics in Meiji Japan'. In: International Conference of Asian Food Study. Zhej iang Gongshang University, China.

Tamari, Tomoko and Featherstone, Mike. 2011. 'The Cultural Politics of Ryukyu Cuisine: China and Satsuma Influences in the Development of Food Culture'. In: The Proceedings of The 12th Symposium on Chinese Dietary Culture. Taipei, Taiwan, Province of China.

Tamari, Tomoko and Featherstone, Mike. 2006. 'Chinese Food in Britain: Consumer Culture and Taste'. In: The 9th Symposium on Chinese Dietary Culture. Taihoku, Taiwan, Province of China.

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