Wellsprings of Achievement: Cultural and Economic Dynamics in Early Modern England and Japan

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The first six essays concentrate on discussing the definition of "achievement" in sociological and economic terms, particularly its relationship to creativity and innovation. The next six essays compare Britain and Japan as case studies, including elements in Britain such as: discipline, individualism, Protestantism. The advent of the printing press is also discussed. The comparisons to Japan, and discussions about Japan, concentrate on work and culture in the society. No bibliography. Distributed by Ashgate. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780860784654
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 11/1/1995
  • Pages: 271
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.45 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors
Acknowledgements
1 Strategies for Understanding and Interpreting Achievement 1
2 Towards an Understanding of Intelligence, Creativity, and Achievement 26
3 'Achievement' and the Macro-Sociology of Culture 47
4 On Achievement: A Philosophical Approach 77
5 Springs of Action or Vocabularies of Motive? 94
6 1066 and a Wave of Gadgets: The Achievements of British Growth 114
7 Working Bodies: Protestantism, the Productive Individual, and the Politics of Idleness 133
8 Work, Discipline, and the Apprentice in Early Modern London 159
9 Printing and the Invention of Public Opinion in Seventeenth-Century England 180
10 Some Comparisons of England and Japan 201
11 Work and Culture in Early Modern Japan 221
12 Culture, Action, and Institutions: On Exploring the Historical Economic Successes of England and Japan 239
Index 267
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