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Japanese Culture and Society. Models of Interpretation
This is not a book on Japan or on some aspects of Japanese culture and society. It is a book on the representation of Japan in Western society, and therefore it deals with our thoughts. The topic of this book is the construction of phenomena labeled Japanese culture, Japanese society or the Japanese by means of a corpus of theoretical and methodological proceedings called “social science” or “humanities”. Everyone familiar with the results of Japan-related scholarship is aware of the multitude of approaches developed since the Meiji Restoration, when the opening of the country to foreigners made systematic studies of the culture and society possible.
The editors view the approaches presented in this volume as part of the wider field of the representation of Japan in Western society, a representation which, even at the risk of oversimplification, it seems fair to characterize as shaped by stereotypes from its very beginnings. Therefore, one of the most important tasks in reviewing the efforts of Japanese studies seems to be the identification of external influences on the academic approach to Japanese culture and society. Once this is done, a revision of the Western image of Japan might be undertaken in order to break down stereotypes and clichés.
The Paradigm of Eternal Recurrence: How the Structure of Academic Debate on the Japanese Economy itself Founded the
The Japanese Thought of Milieu (fudo): From Peculiarism to the Quest of the Paradigm
The Tumbling Walls of the Ivory Tower: Cultural Anthropology Meets the Japanese
Community Studies on Japan
The Familial (ie) Model of Japanese Society
The Multi-Dimensional Stratification Model: A Focus on Variation and the Comparative Perspective
The Conflict Model of Japanese Society
How to Conflict Intelligently: Six Notes Concerning the Processing of Dissent in Japan
On the Potential of Gender Studies for the Understanding of Japanese Society
Interdependent Affiliation among Japanese: The Many Facets of amae
The Contextual Model in Japanese Studies