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Civic Engagement in Contemporary Japan: Established and Emerging Repertoires / Edition 1
     

Civic Engagement in Contemporary Japan: Established and Emerging Repertoires / Edition 1

by Henk Vinken
 

ISBN-10: 1441915036

ISBN-13: 9781441915030

Pub. Date: 04/14/2010

Publisher: Springer New York

Civic engagement is a concept of action that has become part of common vocabulary, not only in the West but also in many other regions of the world as well. A growing, yet still small number of scholarly works has recently emerged showing how in Japan citizen activism, volunteering, and social action for a public cause are dev- oping. This present volume is another,

Overview

Civic engagement is a concept of action that has become part of common vocabulary, not only in the West but also in many other regions of the world as well. A growing, yet still small number of scholarly works has recently emerged showing how in Japan citizen activism, volunteering, and social action for a public cause are dev- oping. This present volume is another, and in my view, important addition to the body of knowledge on civic engagement in Japan. The majority of books on related issues in Japan take on the perspective of organized civic life, in nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) or nonprofit organizations (NPOs): we know quite a number of things about the quantitative trends in these organizations, on their positioning, on their difficulties, and on the institutional contexts in which they have to work. We know relatively little – except for a small number of topical qualitative case studies – on broad issues that relate to civic engagement in Japan, inside or outside these formal organizations. This volume is the first to offer a wide scope of broad variety of forms of civic engagement in contemporary Japan. The volume is quite forceful in counterbalancing oversimplified ideas on an “ideal” civil society in which state, market, and civil society organizations are in- pendent and at best take on oppositional stances.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441915030
Publisher:
Springer New York
Publication date:
04/14/2010
Series:
Nonprofit and Civil Society Studies Series
Edition description:
2010
Pages:
300
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Part I Introductory Section

1 Introduction Henk Vinken Yuko Nishimura Bruce White 3

2 Civil Society in Japan: Democracy, Voluntary Action, and Philanthropy Makoto Imada 21

3 Social Frameworks for Civil Society in Japan: In Search for a Japanese Model Chimaki Kurokawa 41

Part II Established Forms of Engagement

4 The Rising Voice of Japan's Community Unions Charles Weathers 67

5 Collaborative Environmentalism in Japan Koichi Hasegawa 85

6 A New Epoch of Immigration for Japan: Directional Shift in Civic Organizational Support for Newcomer Settlement Tetsuo Mizukami 101

Part III Engagement Outside the Mainstream

7 Civic Engagement and Community Development Among Japan's Burakumin Yuko Nishimura 119

8 “I'm Deaf. This is Sign. Get Used to It.” Sign Language in Japan: The Vision and the Struggle John C. Maher 139

9 Media and Civic Engagement in Japan Gabriele Hadl 153

Part IV Emerging Forms of Engagement

10 The Soft Advocacy of Music Fandom: Japanese Youth and the Building of Civic Infrastructures of the Mind Bruce White 173

11 Re-imagining the Relationship Between Japan and Korea: Popular Culture and Civic Engagement Reiko Ogawa 189

12 Fun with Consumers: Enjoying Anticonsumerism in Japan Henk Vinken 203

Part V Concluding Section

13 Conclusions: From Politicization to Culturalization of Civic Engagement Henk Vinken Isabelle Diepstraten 227

14 Epilogue: Toward a New Legal Form for Civic Engagement Masayuki Deguchi 239

Index 247

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