An Introduction to Japanese Society, Second Edition by Yoshio Sugimoto

By Yoshio Sugimoto

This revised variation has been up to date to hide advancements within the 5 years because the first variation used to be released. Yoshio Sugimoto demanding situations the conventional suggestion that Japan is an homogeneous society with few cultural and social disparities.

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Furthermore, the critical analysis of Nihonjinron initiated by a handful of social scientists in the late 1970s and the 1980s53 gradually took root in Japan’s intellectual community,54 making it difficult for cultural essentialists to naively write about Japan’s “cultural essence” without qualifications. Imported from the West, cultural studies became popular among Japanese social scientists and established itself as a new genre called karuchuraru sutadiizu, which challenges epistemological assumptions about the primacy of the nation state as the fundamental unit of social analysis.

1996 and Lie 2001 for multicultural and multiethnic perspectives on Japan. This is why some observers called them “Japan’s invisible race” (De Vos and Wagatsuma 1966). De Vos and Wetherall 1983, p. 3, provide a similar estimate. Nakano and Imazu 1993 also provide an analogous perspective. These societies are perhaps “unique” in their high levels of ethnic and racial diversity. For example, Shufu to Seikatsusha 1992. Japan and the Social Sciences 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 33 Ide 1979; Shibamoto 1985; Takahara 1991.

57–8. Benedict 1946. Beardsley, Hall, and Ward 1959. Abegglen 1958. Bellah 1957. Parsons 1951. Dore 1967. Doi 1973. Reischauer 1977. Nakane 1967, 1970, and 1978. Vogel 1979. Johnson 1982. Wolferen 1990. See Ohmae 1990 and 1995. For example, Sugimoto and Mouer 1980; Befu 1990a; Mouer and Sugimoto 1986; and Dale 1986. See, for example, Yoshino 1992 and 1997; Oguma 1995 and 2002; Amino ¯ saka 1997 and 1999; and Befu 1990, 1992, 1994 and 2000; Takano and O 2001. Markus and Kitayama 1991; Kitayama 1998; Kitayama, Markus, Matsumoto and Norsakkunkit 1997.

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