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Japanese Sense of Self

Japanese Sense of Self

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Nancy Rosenberger, Joseph Tobin, Dorinne Kondo, Augustin Berque, Takie Lebra, Takami Kuwayama, Jane Bachnik.
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  • Date Published: March 1994
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521466370

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  • Nancy Rosenberger's book challenges previous simplistic comparisons between Western individualism and non-Western collectivism: the idea, as exemplified by the Japanese, of the self as interactive with society. Through their observations of Japanese life, the authors explain how the Japanese define themselves and communicate with those around them. They discuss what Westerners view as oppositions within the Japanese community and demonstrate how the Japanese reconcile one with the other. The Japanese emerge as complex and multi-faceted, vulnerable to outside influences, but strong enough to determine their own destinies.

    • This book covers two of the most topical subjects in current anthropology, Japan and the self
    • The contributors are among the best in a rising generation of Japanese scholars
    • The book focuses on Japan and provides much information on Japanese life and culture
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'An ambitious formulation, with all the attendant excitement of originality … This book … takes its place as a contribution to ongoing anthropological debate and to a greater understanding of Japanese thought processes.' Joy Hendry, Man

    'The authors urge a 'reconsideration' by Western-trained scholars of concepts of self in both Western and non-Western culutures … [and] emphasizes the common humanity, the seeking, the vulnerability of all people, individually and collectively.' Paul Spackman, International Mind

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 1994
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521466370
    • length: 192 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 11 mm
    • weight: 0.29kg
    • contains: 3 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List figures
    List of contributors
    Preface
    1. Introduction Nancy Rosenberger
    2. Japanese preschools and the pedagogy of selfhood Joseph Tobin
    3. Multiple selves: the aesthetics and politics of artisanal identities Dorinne Kondo
    4. The tree in summer, the tree in winter: movement of self in Japan Nancy Rosenberger
    5. Identification of the self in relation to the environment Augustin Berque
    6. Self in Japanese culture Takie Lebra
    7. The reference of other orientation Tamkami Kuwayama
    8. Kehjime: how indexing self and social life defines its organisation Jane Bachnik
    Index.

  • Editor

    Nancy R. Rosenberger, Oregon State University

    Contributors

    Nancy Rosenberger, Joseph Tobin, Dorinne Kondo, Augustin Berque, Takie Lebra, Takami Kuwayama, Jane Bachnik.

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