Nationalisms Of Japan / Edition 368

Paperback (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from BN.com
$41.95
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $25.21
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 39%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (13) from $25.21   
  • New (7) from $39.63   
  • Used (6) from $25.21   

Overview

In this fresh and original analysis, Brian J. McVeigh confronts both the demonizers and apologists of Japan. He argues persuasively that far from being unique, Japanese nationalism becomes demystified once 'management' and 'mysticism'—the same processes and practices that operate in other national states—are taken into account. Stripping away Orientalist-inspired misconceptions, the author stresses the variety and relative intensity of nationalisms, ranging from economic, ethnic, and educational to cultural, gendered, and religious. He moves beyond state-centered ideologies to explore the linkages between official and popular nationalisms and the complex interplay of ethnocultural, ethnopolitical, and ethnoracial forms of identity. The ambiguity and everydayness of nationalism, McVeigh contends, explain its enduring power. He concludes that modern Japan is imbued with a deeply rooted legacy of 'renovationism' or 'reform nationalism' that accounts for its streamlined state structures, guarded economic nationalism, and highly scrutinized relationship with the rest of the world. Highlighting the pluralism of identity among Japanese, this book will be an invaluable corrective to recent works that glibly proclaim the emergence of 'globalization,' 'internationalization,' and 'convergence.'
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Foreign Affairs
McVeigh . . . explicitly debunks the myths of Japanese uniqueness advanced both by romantics and by those who want to demonize Japan.
— Lucien Pye
Choice
[A] fascinating study of nationalism in Japan. . . . By the end [of the book], readers have a much more complex and nuanced sense of what it means to be Japanese, as well as what it might mean for a non-Japanese outsider to study Japan. Highly recommended.
Journal Of The Royal Anthropological Institute
A masterful, comprehensive analysis of nationalism in Japan, whose methodology should be an example for the study of nationalism anywhere.
— Harumi Befu, Stanford University
Journal Of Japanese Studies
[A]n ambitious attempt to synthesize and critique this large body of scholarship [on Japanese diversity], to reveal the workings of the ideological fields that continue to sustain myths of Japanese exceptionalism. This is a theoretically rich book that crosses the boundaries of discipline and area studies.
Journal of Asian Studies
McVeigh's important contribution is his demonstration that Japan is not unique in the way that its myths of identity have been managed and mystified at both official and nonofficial levels.
Foreign Affairs - Lucien Pye
McVeigh . . . explicitly debunks the myths of Japanese uniqueness advanced both by romantics and by those who want to demonize Japan.
Kevin M. Doak
A timely study that deserves to be read by anyone interested in contemporary Japanese culture or politics.
Chalmers Johnson
McVeigh's ingenious study contributes to our understanding of both Japan and nationalism. A very important book.
CHOICE
[A] fascinating study of nationalism in Japan. . . . By the end [of the book], readers have a much more complex and nuanced sense of what it means to be Japanese, as well as what it might mean for a non-Japanese outsider to study Japan. Highly recommended.
From the Publisher
|s|jJ
Journal Of The Royal Anthropological Institute - Harumi Befu
A masterful, comprehensive analysis of nationalism in Japan, whose methodology should be an example for the study of nationalism anywhere.
Journal Of Asian Studies
McVeigh's important contribution is his demonstration that Japan is not unique in the way that its myths of identity have been managed and mystified at both official and nonofficial levels.
Journal of Japanese Studies
[A]n ambitious attempt to synthesize and critique this large body of scholarship [on Japanese diversity], to reveal the workings of the ideological fields that continue to sustain myths of Japanese exceptionalism. This is a theoretically rich book that crosses the boundaries of discipline and area studies.
Foreign Affairs
McVeigh takes on the assumptions of Japanese cultural homogeneity and nationalist passion, arguing that the extreme nationalism of the imperial era has been largely replaced by more rational sentiments. Outside observers continue to cling to the stereotype of a homogeneous Japanese populace, but McVeigh-who teaches at a Japanese university and thus has closely observed how different generations of Japanese have conceived of their collective identities-writes about plural nationalisms, with ethnic, economic, cultural, educational, gendered, and religious dimensions. In the past, Japan's leaders presented the Japanese nation as distinctive and heroic; today, the everydayness of ethnic, political, cultural, and social identities makes Japanese nationalism much the same as any other.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742524552
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 12/1/2003
  • Series: Asia/Pacific/Perspectives Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 368
  • Pages: 350
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian J. McVeigh teaches Japanese anthropology in the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Arizona.
Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Part 1 Purposes and Perspectives Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 The Ambiguity, Domains, and Degrees of Nationalism Chapter 4 Historical Background of Japan's Nationalisms Chapter 5 Renovationist Nationalism: The Self-Reinforcing Logic of Modernity and Japaneseness Chapter 6 Nationalizing the State and Statizing the Nation Part 7 State and Official Nationalisms Chapter 8 Economic Nationalism: Developmentalism and Capitalist Nationalism Chapter 9 Educational Nationalism: Reproducing Educational Dualism Chapter 10 Ethnos Nationalism: State, Nation, and "Race" in a House of Mirrors Chapter 11 State Cultural Nationalism: Cultural Policy-Aestheticizing the Nation and Nationalizing Aesthetics Part 12 Popular and Nonofficial Nationalisms Chapter 13 Popular Cultural Nationalism: Linking Ethnos, Aesthetics, Citizenship, and Progress Chapter 14 Postimperial Ethnos Nationalism: Homogeneity, Uniqueness, and Peace Chapter 15 Gendered Nationalism: Producing "Good Wives-Wise Mothers" Chapter 16 Mainstream and Marginal Nationalism: The Paradox of "Japaneseness" in the Mahikari Religious Movement Part 17 Final Thoughts Chapter 18 Japan's Legacy of Modernity and Issues of Citizenship Chapter 19 Internationalism, Extra-Nationalism and Renovationism Part 20 Appendix A Types of Corporations and Their Relevant Laws Part 21 Appendix B Procedure for Establishing a Public-Service Corporation Part 22 Appendix C Organization of Corporations
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)