Difference and modernity : social theory and contemporary Japanese society

John Clammer

This book examines the relevance of some major aspects and assumptions of contemporary social and cultural theory to one society that has a very different history and conception of its self-identity from the Western ones in which the modern social sciences have almost exclusively arisen. Japan presents arguably the biggest challenge to the preoccupations and epistemiology of much conventional sociological and cultural thinking. The issue is approached through the concept of "postmodernity", which has only recently been applied to Japan. The value of this construction is explored through an examination of contemporary Japanese culture, thought, urbanism and social change to answer the question - what rethinking of social theory is necessitated by an encounter with modern Japanese society?

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  • Introduction - theorizing Japanese society
  • from modernity to postmodernity
  • high culture/mass culture and the experience of late modernity
  • modernity and lifestyle in the Japanese city
  • natural being/social being
  • modernity and the self
  • hierarchy, "group" and individual
  • social theory and particularities of Asian modernity.

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書名 Difference and modernity : social theory and contemporary Japanese society
著作者等 Clammer, J. R
Clammer John
シリーズ名 Japanese studies
出版元 Kegan Paul International
刊行年月 1995
ページ数 vii, 144 p.
大きさ 23 cm.
ISBN 0710305079
NCID BA25838830
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス