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Japanese Frames of Mind
Cultural Perspectives on Human Development


Robert LeVine, Hiroshi Azuma, Nobumichi Isawa, Yoshie Nishioka Rice, Shusuke Kobayashi, Lois Peak, Victoria E. Kelly, Hidetada Shimizu, Miya Omori, Merry I. White
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  • Date Published: February 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521781596

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  • Japanese Frames of Mind addresses two main questions in light of a collection of research conducted by both Japanese and American researchers at Harvard University: What challenge does Japanese psychology offer to Western psychology? Will the presumed universals of human nature discovered by Western psychology be reduced to a set of 'local psychology' among many in a world of unpredicted variations? The chapters provide a wealth of new data and perspectives related to aspects of Japanese child development, moral reasoning and narratives, schooling and family socialization, and adolescent experiences. By placing the Japanese evidence within the context of Western psychological theory and research, the book calls for a systematic reexamination of Western psychology as one psychology among many other ethnopsychologies. Written in mostly non-technical language, this book will appeal to developmental and cultural psychologists, anthropologists interested in psychological anthropology, educators, and anyone interested in Japanese and Asian studies.

    • LeVine is very well known
    •  Development from cultural context is hot topic
    • Collaboration of Japanese and American researchers
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    ' … a useful introduction to how the Japanese are socially developing in the twenty-first century.' Raymond Lamont-Brown

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2002
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521781596
    • length: 300 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.57kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus. 14 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface Robert LeVine
    Part I. Moral Scripts and Reasoning:
    1. Moral scripts: a US-Japan comparison Hiroshi Azuma
    2. Moral reasoning among adults: Japan-US comparison Nobumichi Isawa
    Part II. Mother and Child at Home:
    3. The maternal role in Japan: cultural values and socioeconomic conditions Yoshie Nishioka Rice
    4. Japanese mother-child relationships: skill acquisition before the preschool years Shusuke Kobayashi
    Part III. Group Life: The Young Child in Preschool and School:
    5. Learning to become part of the group: the Japanese child's transition to preschool life Lois Peak
    6. Peer culture and interaction: how Japanese children express their internalization Victoria E. Kelly
    Part IV. Adolescent Experience:
    7. Beyond individualism and sociocentrism: an ontological analysis of personal experiences of Japanese adolescents Hidetada Shimizu
    8. Returnees to Japan: the impact of having lived in the United States Miya Omori
    Part V. Reflections:
    9. Children and families: reflections on the 'crisis' in Japanese child-rearing today Merry I. White.

  • Editors

    Hidetada Shimizu, Northern Illinois University

    Robert A. LeVine, Harvard University, Massachusetts


    Robert LeVine, Hiroshi Azuma, Nobumichi Isawa, Yoshie Nishioka Rice, Shusuke Kobayashi, Lois Peak, Victoria E. Kelly, Hidetada Shimizu, Miya Omori, Merry I. White

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