Difference and Modernity: Social Theory and Contemporary Japanese Society

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Japanese culture has long since assimilated and refined the issues that now exercise western social theorists - the place of emotion in culture, the unity of mind and body, the centrality of the body, and the position of the self not as autonomous actor but as nodal point in a social and ecological web of relationships. This book begins to address these issues by questioning how special Japanese society really is, the limitations of western social theory in grasping the fullness of this dynamic and complex Asian society, and by inquiring as to how Japan in turn may speak to social theory and deepen and broaden the principles on which social theory attempts to explore and categorize the social and cultural worlds.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780710305077
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/28/1995
  • Series: Japanese Studies
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.44 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Table of Contents

A note on Names and Romanization
1 Introduction: Theorizing Japanese Society 1
2 From Modernity to Postmodernity? 13
3 High Culture/Mass Culture and the Experience of Late-Modernity 31
4 Modernity and Lifestyle in the Japanese City 46
5 Natural Being/Social Being 59
6 Modernity and the Self 82
7 Hierarchy, 'Group' and Individual 98
8 Social Theory and the Particularities of Asian Modernity 120
Bibliography 134
Index 143
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