Difference and Modernity: Social Theory and Contemporary Japanese Society

Difference and Modernity: Social Theory and Contemporary Japanese Society

by Clammer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0710305079

ISBN-13: 9780710305077

Pub. Date: 09/28/1995

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

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…  See more details below

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780710305077
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/28/1995
Series:
Japanese Studies
Pages:
152
Product dimensions:
5.44(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.66(d)

Table of Contents

A note on Names and Romanization
Acknowledgements
1Introduction: Theorizing Japanese Society1
2From Modernity to Postmodernity?13
3High Culture/Mass Culture and the Experience of Late-Modernity31
4Modernity and Lifestyle in the Japanese City46
5Natural Being/Social Being59
6Modernity and the Self82
7Hierarchy, 'Group' and Individual98
8Social Theory and the Particularities of Asian Modernity120
Bibliography134
Index143

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