Molding Japanese Minds: The State in Everyday Life / Edition 1

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Overview

"Molding Japanese Minds shows how extensively and consistently the modern Japanese state has sought to manage social behavior. As with any superb work of history, one finishes this book with a renewed appreciation of the complexity of the human condition, for this is not a simple story of control from the top. Sheldon Garon's important contribution is to show us how social groups and individuals who were supposed to be on the receiving end of state policy often joined forces with political officials in ways that confound simple division between state and society."--Andrew Gordon, Harvard University

"Molding Japanese Minds provides the best discussion I have seen of the intricate relationship between Japanese state institutions ad civil society. It covers one hundred years of moral suasion campaigns by the Japanese government on matters of gender, sexuality, welfare, and religion, casting doubt throughout on the utility of any conventional dichotomy between 'state' and 'society.' It thereby helps us to think in more creative ways about the complex social evolution of modern Japan."--T. J. Pempel, University of Washington

"Sheldon Garon does exactly what needs to be done in the field of modern Japanese history: he focuses on the most important agency of the prewar Japanese developmental state, namely, the Ministry of Home Affairs. His case studies are marvelously done, magnificently researched, and very provocative."--Chalmers Johnson, Japan Policy Research Institute

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Editorial Reviews

The Nation - Patrick Smith
An excellent book. . . Garon has chosen his subject well and. . . he handles it with balance and authority.
Time Magazines Literary Supplement
Molding Japanese Minds is history at its best; with a thorough command of original sources and scholarship, both in Japanese and other languages, Garon demonstrates that social policy was not solely government-or bureaucracy-driven.
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"Molding Japanese Minds is history at its best; with a thorough command of original sources and scholarship, both in Japanese and other languages, Garon demonstrates that social policy was not solely government-or bureaucracy-driven."--Times Literary Supplement

"An excellent book. . . Garon has chosen his subject well and. . . he handles it with balance and authority."--Patrick Smith, The Nation

Times Literary Supplement
Molding Japanese Minds is history at its best; with a thorough command of original sources and scholarship, both in Japanese and other languages, Garon demonstrates that social policy was not solely government-or bureaucracy-driven.
The Nation
An excellent book. . . Garon has chosen his subject well and. . . he handles it with balance and authority.
— Patrick Smith
Times Literary Supplement
Molding Japanese Minds is history at its best; with a thorough command of original sources and scholarship, both in Japanese and other languages, Garon demonstrates that social policy was not solely government-or bureaucracy-driven.
Ian Buruma
. . .not long ago we were told that such things as high savings, low public welfare, reliance on family relations, sacrifice for the nation . . .accounted for the remarkable success of Asian economies. . . .Garon expertly dismantles this myth.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691001913
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 7/27/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 332
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Abbreviations
Preface
Social Management: An Introduction 3
Pt. 1 State and Society Before 1945 23
Ch. 1 The Evolution of "Japanese-Style" Welfare 25
Ch. 2 Defining Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy 60
Ch. 3 The World's Oldest Debate? Regulating Prostitution and Illicit Sexuality 88
Ch. 4 Integrating Women into Public Life: Women's Groups and the State 115
Pt. 2 Social Management in Postwar Japan 147
Ch. 5 Re-creating the Channels of Moral Suasion 149
Ch. 6 Sexual Politics and the Feminization of Social Management 178
Ch. 7 Managing Spiritual Life and Material Well-being 206
Epilogue 231
Notes 239
Bibliography 273
Interviews 298
Index 299
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