Cultural Nationalism in Contemporary Japan: A Sociological by Kosaku Yoshino

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.

7) Turkists such as Necib Asim argued that the Turks had already possessed their own distinct language and literature before Arabic and Persian influences became dominant, thus calling attention to the Turks’ previous neglect of their own indigenous language and literature. This Turkist movement led to a call for language reform based on the language of the people. In the area of prosody, some writers argued that the aruz meter, taken from the Arabs and Persians and used in Ottoman poetry, did not suit the distinctive structure of Turkish and advocated the use of the original Turkish syllabic meter, based on that used in folk poetry.

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