Secrets, Sex, and Spectacle: The Rules of Scandal in Japan and the United States
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Secrets, Sex, and Spectacle: The Rules of Scandal in Japan and the United States

by Mark D. West
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226894088

ISBN-13: 9780226894089

Pub. Date: 01/15/2007

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

A leader of a global superpower is betrayed by his mistress, who makes public the sordid details of their secret affair. His wife stands by as he denies the charges. Debates over definitions of moral leadership ensue. Sound familiar? If you guessed Clinton and Lewinsky, try again. This incident involved former Japanese prime minister Sosuke Uno and a geisha.

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Overview

A leader of a global superpower is betrayed by his mistress, who makes public the sordid details of their secret affair. His wife stands by as he denies the charges. Debates over definitions of moral leadership ensue. Sound familiar? If you guessed Clinton and Lewinsky, try again. This incident involved former Japanese prime minister Sosuke Uno and a geisha.

In Secrets, Sex, and Spectacle, Mark D. West organizes the seemingly random worlds of Japanese and American scandal—from corporate fraud to baseball cheaters, political corruption to celebrity sexcapades—to explore well-ingrained similarities and contrasts in law and society. In Japan and the United States, legal and organizational rules tell us what kind of behavior is considered scandalous. When Japanese and American scandal stories differ, those rules—rules that define what’s public and what’s private, rules that protect injuries to dignity and honor, and rules about sex, to name a few—often help explain the differences. In the cases of Clinton and Uno, the rules help explain why the media didn’t cover Uno’s affair, why Uno’s wife apologized on her husband’s behalf, and why Uno—and not Clinton—resigned.

Secrets, Sex, and Spectacle offers a novel approach to viewing the phenomenon of scandal—one that will be applauded by anyone who has obsessed over (or ridiculed) these public episodes.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226894089
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
01/15/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Author's Note
1. Introduction
The Geisha and the Intern
The Argument
2. Players
The Media
Prosecutors
Whistleblowers
Scandal Professionals
3. Privacy and Honor
Informational Privacy
The Right to Privacy
Insult
Defamation
4. Groups
Self-Governing Groups
Corporate Scandal
Education
Minorities
Religion
5. Individuals
Entertainment Celebrities
Sports Stars
Psychodrama
Politicians and Bureaucrats
6. Sex
Gender and Family
Sex Scandals
7. Apology - The Rules
The Cases
8. Afterword
Notes
Index

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