What Makes Life Worth Living? How Japanese And Americans Make Sense Of Their Worlds / Edition 1

What Makes Life Worth Living? How Japanese And Americans Make Sense Of Their Worlds / Edition 1

by Gordon Mathews, G. Mathews
     
 


"A unique and provocative contribution to the fundamental question of what makes life worth living. Mathews works creatively with the similarities and differences in the United States and Japan to shed light on cultural values in the two societies."—John L. Caughey, author of Imaginary Social Worlds

"Amidst trade wars, when Japanese workers are made

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"A unique and provocative contribution to the fundamental question of what makes life worth living. Mathews works creatively with the similarities and differences in the United States and Japan to shed light on cultural values in the two societies."—John L. Caughey, author of Imaginary Social Worlds

"Amidst trade wars, when Japanese workers are made into robots and trade negotiators into modern-day samurai, one longs for a sense of what Japanese humans are like. Gordon Mathews provides the answer. . . . His work is penetrating and rings true."—Ezra F. Vogel, author of Japan as Number One

"An extraordinary book. Mathews's analysis of each pair of narratives is clear, delightful, and satisfying."—Takie Sugiyama Lebra, author of Above the Clouds: Status Culture of the Modern Japanese Nobility

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520201330
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
04/05/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Pt. 1The Cultural Foundations of Ikigai
Introduction: What Makes Life Worth Living?3
1The Varieties of Ikigai in Japan12
2Individualism, Community, and Conformity in the United States27
3The Comparison of Japanese and American Selves41
Pt. 2Ikigai in Japanese and American Lives
4Ikigai in Work and Family57
Ikigai and Gender94
5Ikigai in Past and Future106
Ikigai and Dreams144
6Ikigai in Creation and Religion155
Ikigai and Significance193
Pt. 3Ikigai and the Meaning of Life
7A Phenomenological Analysis of Ikigai207
8Ikigai and the Meaning of Life232
References257
Index271

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