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Situated Meaning: Inside and Outside in Japanese Self, Society, and Language

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Situated Meaning adds a new dimension, both literal and metaphoric, to our understanding of Japan. The essays in this volume leave the vertical axis of hierarchy and subordination--an organizing trope in much of the literature on Japan--and focus instead on the horizontal, interpreting a wide range of cultural practices and orientations in terms of such relational concepts as uchi ("inside") and soto ("outside"). Evolving from a shared theoretical focus, the essays show that in Japan the directional orientations ...
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Overview

Situated Meaning adds a new dimension, both literal and metaphoric, to our understanding of Japan. The essays in this volume leave the vertical axis of hierarchy and subordination--an organizing trope in much of the literature on Japan--and focus instead on the horizontal, interpreting a wide range of cultural practices and orientations in terms of such relational concepts as uchi ("inside") and soto ("outside"). Evolving from a shared theoretical focus, the essays show that in Japan the directional orientations inside and outside are specifically linked to another set of meanings, denoting "self" and "society."After Donald L. Brenneis's foreword, Jane M. Bachnik, Charles J. Quinn, Jr., Patricia J. Wetzel, Nancy R. Rosenberger, and Robert J. Sukle discuss "Indexing Self and Social Context." "Failure to Index: Boundary Disintegration and Social Breakdown" is the topic of Dorinne K. Kondo, Matthews M. Hamabata, Michael S. Molasky, and Jane Bachnik. Finally, Charles Quinn explores "Language as a Form of Life."
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  • ISBN-13: 9780691015385
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 3/21/1994
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.17 (w) x 9.27 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Note on Romanization
Key to Abbreviations and Orthographic Conventions
Contributors
Ch. 1 Introduction: uchi/soto: Challenging Our Conceptualizations of Self, Social Order, and Language 3
Ch. 2 The Terms uchi and soto as Windows on a World 38
Ch. 3 A Movable Self: The Linguistic Indexing of uchi and soto 73
Ch. 4 Indexing Hierarchy through Japanese Gender Relations 88
Ch. 5 Uchi/soto: Choices in Directive Speech Acts in Japanese 113
Ch. 6 Indexing Self and Society in Japanese Family Organization 143
Ch. 7 Uchi no kaisha: Company as Family? 169
Ch. 8 The Battle to Belong: Self-Sacrifice and Self-Fulfillment in the Japanese Family Enterprise 192
Ch. 9 When uchi and soto Fell Silent in the Night: Shifting Boundaries in Shiga Naoya's "The Razor" 209
Ch. 10 Uchi/Soto: Authority and Intimacy, Hierarchy and Solidarity in Japan 223
Ch. 11 Uchi/Soto: Tip of a Semiotic Iceberg? 'Inside' and 'Outside' Knowledge in the Grammar of Japanese 247
Index 295
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