By Kosaku Yoshino
The controversy approximately Japan's 'uniqueness' is significant to jap stories. This ebook goals to light up that discuss from a comparative and theoretical standpoint. It additionally checks theories of ethnicity and cultural nationalism by utilizing Japan as a case study.Yoshino examines how principles of nationwide uniqueness are `produced' and `consumed' in jap society via a research of intellectuals, academics and businessmen. He unearths that rules of jap strong point, the nihonjinron, were embraced extra by way of these in company than in schooling. He appears on the jap conception in their personal 'uniqueness' and on the ways that rules of cultural specialty are formulated in several nationwide and historic contexts.This super readable ebook combines anthropology and sociology to give either a ancient research of the roots of the japanese feel of nationwide identification and a dialogue of the ways that that feel is altering.
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However, the explicit assertion of Japanese superiority was rare. Most of the nihonjinron simply focused on Japanese difference. One of the reasons for this was that the earlier introspective and critical mood of post-war opinion had long set the style and tone for subsequent discussions of the Japanese, creating a norm that inhibited the explicit expression of superiority. The nihonjinron: thinking elites' ideas of Japanese uniqueness 27 CONCLUDING REMARKS The nihonjinron is an important intellectual pillar of cultural nationalism in contemporary Japan, but this does not mean that those scholars discussed in this chapter can simplistically be regarded as ‘nationalists’.
INTELLECTUALS AND IDEAS OF NATIONAL DISTINCTIVENESS Intellectuals’ concern with ideas of national distinctiveness is by no means unique to Japan’s intellectual culture. As the discussion proceeds, however, some differences will be observed in the ways in which intellectuals formulate ideas of national distinctiveness depending on different national and historical settings. Through international and historical comparisons and contrasts of various types of intellectuals’ concern with national distinctiveness, the contemporary Japanese experience of the nihonjinron and cultural nationalism will eventually be properly located in a broader comparative and theoretical perspective.
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