Social Psychology of Modern Japan

Author: Munesuke Mita
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781136916755
Release Date: 2010-10-18
Genre: Reference

This study reveals the complex combination of cultural particularity and modern universality that underlies the reality of contemporary Japan. The work uses sources such as popular works of art, song, best-selling books and the advice columns of newspapers to draw a striking portrait of the Japanese public. Focussing on the four main phases of modernizing and modernized Japan beginning in the nineteenth century and continuing to today’s postmodern society, this groundbreaking work uses quantitative and qualitative data to show that the processes of modernization brought a coexistence of generational variation imbued with tensions, conflicts and synergies, that, taken together, provide the key to understanding the structure and dynamism of contemporary Japan.

Die Philosophie des Buddhismus

Author: Erich Frauwallner
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
ISBN: 9783050088099
Release Date: 2014-06-04
Genre: Philosophy

Erich Frauwallners Buch "Die Philosophie des Buddhismus" ist längst zu einem ‚Klassiker’ geworden. Die Form der Darstellung ist glücklich gewählt; sie verknüpft allgemeine Überblicke, Einführungen in das Denken individueller buddhistischer Philosophen und lange Exzerpte aus philosophischen Werken des südasiatischen Buddhismus in wörtlicher Übersetzung. Das Buch bewegt sich also zwischen einem Einführungswerk und einer Anthologie. Die knappen Einleitungen zu den repräsentativen Texten sind informativ und klar und rücken die philosophischen Inhalte in das Licht ihrer historischen Entwicklung; die Übersetzungen aus den relevanten Sprachen (Pali, Sanskrit, Tibetisch, Chinesisch) wiederum sind außerordentlich verlässlich. Der Neuauflage des Bandes wurde ein Vorwort von Eli Franco und Karin Preisendanz zu Frauwallners Leben und Schaffen beigefügt, ergänzt durch eine Bibliographie seiner Schriften und eine kommentierte Liste weiterführender Literatur zum südasiatischen Buddhismus.

A Short Economic History of Modern Japan 1867 1937

Author: G. C. Allen
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 0415313031
Release Date: 2003
Genre: Business & Economics

Discussing the process of economic development in Japan, this book covers the period from when Japan first entered upon her career of Westernization to the beginning of the war with China in 1937. The main emphasis is on industrial and financial development and organization and on economic policy. Among the industries discussed are agriculture, textiles, steel and shipping. A comprehensive glossary and bibliography are included and much of the statistical information is tabulated for ease of reading.

Intimacy and Reproduction in Contemporary Japan

Author: Genaro Castro-Vazquez
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781317265344
Release Date: 2016-07-01
Genre: Social Science

This book presents an ethnographic investigation of intimate and reproductive behaviour in current Japanese society, grounded in the viewpoints of a group of Japanese mothers. It adopts a new approach in studying the decreasing fertility rates which are contributing to the ageing population in modern Japan. Based on the accounts of 57 married Japanese women, it employs symbolic interactionism as a framework to examine the various factors affecting decision-making on childbirth. The influence of Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ARTs), abortion and contraception in the daily interactions and experiences of the mothers are analysed to offer a new perspective on the Japanese demographic conundrum. With strong contextual information as the foundation, the book contributes fresh insight into how Japanese women perceive the idea of childbirth in a modernized society, and also assists our understanding of the factors causing Japan’s ageing population. Further, it places the mothers’ experiences within current global debates to highlight the salience of the Japanese case. As the first book to provide an in-depth examination of the social process underpinning the decision to become a mother in Japan, it will appeal to students and scholars of Japanese culture and society, Gender Studies, and Sociology.

Modern Japan

Author: Elise K. Tipton
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 0415185378
Release Date: 2002
Genre: History

This volume is a comprehensive collection of critical essays on The Taming of the Shrew, and includes extensive discussions of the play's various printed versions and its theatrical productions. Aspinall has included only those essays that offer the most influential and controversial arguments surrounding the play. The issues discussed include gender, authority, female autonomy and unruliness, courtship and marriage, language and speech, and performance and theatricality.

Japanese Culture

Author: Robert John Smith
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 0415330394
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Social Science

This book presents an authoritative and illuminating insight into the development and most important characteristics of Japanese society and culture. Approaching the subject from a number of different points of view. Originally published in 1963.

Zen in der Kunst des Helfens

Author: David Brandon
Publisher:
ISBN: 3466340756
Release Date: 1983
Genre:

Der Autor setzt sich auseinander mit dem Helfen und dem Hilfe-Erfahren. Diesen Prozess betrachtet er im Lichte des Zen als "Weg zu leben und zu sein". Das Buch richtet sich an alle, die professionell mit Helfen zu tun haben. Weil Helfenwollen die wichtigste Motivation aller ist, die sich als Freiwillige in Beratung, Betreuung und Begleitung von aidskranken und HIV-positiven Menschen engagieren, sei ihnen die Lektüre dieses Buches sehr empfohlen, auch wenn sie bislang keinen Zugang zur buddhistischen Lehre hatten. Im Kapitel "Was ist Zen?" versucht Brandon, den Begriff einzukreisen ("Zen" ist ein japanisches Wort und heisst "Meditation") und in Zusammenhang mit dem Helfen zu bringen. "Zen und Helfen entstammen beide demselben menschlichen Bedürfnis: auf andere zuzugehen, unseren Erfahrungen einen Sinn zu geben und sie zu gestalten." Brandon warnt davor, das Helfen als Überdecken der inneren Leere zu missbrauchen, der "Gier nach Geben" zu erliegen, Helfen zur Droge verkommen zu lassen und zu sehr in das Leben anderer einzugreifen. Ein wichtiges, wenn auch nicht ganz einfaches Buch, das sich hervorragend zum Erarbeiten gemeinsamer Grundlagen und Einsichten in den Betreuergruppen der Aids-Hilfen eignet.

Meiji Japan The emergence of the Meiji state

Author: Peter F. Kornicki
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 0415156181
Release Date: 1998
Genre: History

Meiji Japanrepresents a reassessment of the political, economic and social history of Japan during the Meiji period (1868-1911). The Meiji Restoration of 1868 was a pivotal event in Japanese history. Often seen as marking the break between 'pre-modern' and 'modern' Japan, the Restoration has dominated perceptions of Japan's history. This major new collection includes both earlier work written along more traditional lines and later challenges to accepted arguments. Together with a major new introduction by Peter Kornicki and bibliography, the articles presented provide a complex, nuanced and up-to-date reading of Japanese history. Topics covered include: * the collapse of the Bakufu and the Meiji Restoration * economic change * the politics and ideology of change * social and cultural changes * industrialization and consequences * political and institutional change * the economy. Meiji Japananalyses the impact of the West, and of sometimes complacent Western notions of 'modernity', on this critical period in Japanese history. The set provides a comprehensive introduction to the history and historiography of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Japan.

Understanding Japanese Society

Author: Joy Hendry
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 9780415263825
Release Date: 2003
Genre: Social Science

This is a welcome new edition of this bestselling textbook. It provides a clear, accessible and readable introduction to Japanese society which does not require any previous knowledge of the country. Fully updated, revised and expanded, the 3rd edition contains new material on: · the effects of the Asian crisis and recession in Japan · the emergence of the millennial cults such as the Aum Shinrikyo · major advances in sport and leisure such as the 2002 World Cup and the amazing global cultural success of Pokemon and Japanese animation and computer games · the tumultuous changes of the Japanese ruling elite · the Ainu and other Japanese minorities · debates about the future of the Japanese constitution and the resurgence of nationalism and militarism.

The Fantastic in Modern Japanese Literature

Author: Susan Jolliffe Napier
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 0415124573
Release Date: 1996
Genre: Literary Criticism

Modern Japan's repressed anxieties, fears and hopes come to the surface in the fantastic. A close analysis of fantasy fiction, film and comics reveals the ambivalence felt by many Japanese towards the success story of the nation in the twentieth century. The Fantastic in Modern Japanese Literature explores the dark side to Japanese literature and Japanese society. It takes in the nightmarish future depicted in the animated film masterpiece, Akira, and the pastoral dream worlds created by Japan's Nobel Prize winning author Oe Kenzaburo. A wide range of fantasists, many discussed here in English for the first time, form the basis for a ground-breaking analysis of utopias, dystopias, the disturbing relationship between women, sexuality and modernity, and the role of the alien in the fantastic.

The Japanese Industrial Economy

Author: Ian Inkster
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 0415250013
Release Date: 2001
Genre: Business & Economics

This book reveals that the manipulation of culture was of more importance than the character of the original cultural stock in explaining Japan's modern industrialization. Thus the features of private enterprise culture that are so often isolated as keys to the nation's historical competitiveness may have been only temporary reflections of this wider process of cultural engineering: a necessary input into the program of technology transfer and late development. This book provides a highly reliable guide to the industrial economy and history and covers a wide ground; it will be of great interest to those involved in Asian studies, Japanese studies, plus economists and professionals in business and enterprise culture.

Men and Masculinities in Contemporary Japan

Author: James E. Roberson
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 0415271479
Release Date: 2003
Genre: Political Science

"This is a significant contribution to our understanding of contemporary Japanese society and identity. It will be of interest to students and researchers of anthropology, sociology and gender studies as well as Japanese studies."--BOOK JACKET.