Ideology and Practice in Modern Japan

Ideology and Practice in Modern Japan

Ideology and Practice in Modern Japan

Ideology and Practice in Modern Japan

Synopsis

How does Japanese society operate, and what is the key to its success? Most explanatory models assume a Japanese "uniqueness"--cultural, structural, or even biological. Ideology and Practice in Modern Japanshows that such ideas obscure the true picture: Japan is actually an extremely complex and heterogeneous society. The contributors to this study examine the failings of conventional models and explore "practice" at the micro-level of society to illuminate a broader, less simplistic ideology. They investigate a wide variety of subjects such as attitudes towards death, the role of education, gender segregation, and film-making--and draw bold conclusions for our understanding of Japan in general and of society in the broadest sense.

Excerpt

All Japanese and Korean names are given in the vernacular fashion with the family name first, except in the cases of Harumi Befu and Okpyo Moon, authors of chapters in this volume. Macrons have been used to identify long vowels in Japanese. The only exceptions to this rule are in well-known place names (which have long vowels in Japanese) such as Tōkyō, Ōsaka and Kyōto. All monetary values are expressed in yen when discussing the financial situation in Japan since translations into other currencies are rendered almost meaningless by the rapidly changing exchange rates between countries. For the purpose of comparison, however, £1 was approximately ¥250 in late 1990; $1 approximately ¥140.

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