Ian Condry

Ian Condry

Ian Condry

Ian Condry is a cultural anthropologist interested in globalization from below, that is, cultural movements that go global without the push of major corporations or governments. He has written books on hip-hop as it developed in Japan (Hip-Hop Japan, 2006) and Japanese animation as a global force (The Soul of Anime, 2013). His current research explores music and inequality, that is, examining how new social and economic approaches to music offer insights into the varieties of capitalism, and their differing contributions to inequality. Condry teaches courses that emphasize ethnographic approaches to media and culture, including Japanese popular culture, anime and cinema, as well as a graduate-level seminar in media theory and methods. He founded and organizes the MIT Cool Japan research project, which studies the critical potential of popular culture. He also co-directs, with TL Taylor, the Creative Communities Initiative, using ethnography to advance new solutions to old problems.