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The Japanese Trajectory
Modernization and Beyond

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Gavan McCormack, Yoshio Sugimoto, Harold Bolitho, Tada Michitaro, Kogawa Tetsuo, Irokawa Daikichi, Stephen Large, Ian Inkster, Yuki Tanaka, Matsuzawa Tessei, Ueno Chizuko, Tomoko Aoyama, Sandra Buckley, Vera Mackie, Johann Arnason, Kawamura Nozomu
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  • Date Published: January 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521100755

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  • This wide-ranging and innovative collection of essays addresses the Japanese dimension of one of the major sociological issues of our time: the nature of socio-economic modernisation and the emergence or otherwise of 'post-modern' industrial society. The rise to economic supremacy of post-war Japan constitutes an enormous challenge to that western orthodoxy which posits an essentially unilinear process of modernisation from the seventeenth century to the present day in which national and regional diversity has been eroded by the gradual social convergence of the major industrial powers. How does a society of contrasting social and cultural traditions fit within this pattern? Can one sensibly speak of Japanese society as 'modern' when such usage is effectively defined by other, western, presuppositions? In this volume an international team of contributors assesses these questions and investigates the real impact of modernisation upon the Japanese themselves.

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    • Date Published: January 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521100755
    • length: 312 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.46kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: modernisation and beyond Gavan McCormack and Yoshio Sugimoto
    Part I. Popular Culture: tradition and 'modernisation'
    1. Sumo and popular culture Harold Bolitho
    2. Osaka popular culture Tada Michitaro
    3. New trends in Japanese popular culture Kogawa Tetsuo
    Part II. Popular movements: alternative visions of 'modernisation'
    4. Popular movements in modern Japanese history Irokawa Daikichi
    5. For self and society Stephen Large
    Part III. Uneven development and its discontents
    6. The other side of Meiji Ian Inkster
    7. Nuclear power and the labour movement Yuki Tanaka
    8. Street labour markets, day labourers and the structure of oppression Matsuzawa Tessei
    Part IV. Sex, politics and 'modernity'
    9. The Japanese women's movement Ueno Chizuko
    10. Male homosexuality as treated by Japanese women writers Tomoko Aoyama
    11. Body politics Sandra Buckley
    12. Division of labour Vera Mackie
    Part V. 'Modernisation' and 'modernity'
    13. Paths to modernity Johann Arnason
    14. The concept of modernisation re-examined from the Japanese experience Kawamura Nozomu
    Glossary
    Index.

  • Editors

    Gavan McCormack

    Yoshio Sugimoto

    Contributors

    Gavan McCormack, Yoshio Sugimoto, Harold Bolitho, Tada Michitaro, Kogawa Tetsuo, Irokawa Daikichi, Stephen Large, Ian Inkster, Yuki Tanaka, Matsuzawa Tessei, Ueno Chizuko, Tomoko Aoyama, Sandra Buckley, Vera Mackie, Johann Arnason, Kawamura Nozomu

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