Type
Book
Title
Japan. The Burden of Success
In
Comparative Politics and International Studies Series
Author(s)
BOUISSOU Jean-Marie - Centre de recherches internationales (Author)
Centre de recherches internationales (Editor)
Editor
London : Hurst Publishers
Collection
Comparative Politics and International Studies Series
Pages
349 p.
ISBN
9781850655695
Keywords
Japan, politics, social change, culture
Abstract
EN
On publication in France, Bouissou’s depiction of modern Japan was acclaimed as `the best of its kind’, and this translation has been updated to cover events up till 1999, and augmented by an overview of the Japanese historical legacy before 1945. In the tradition of French scholarship, which rejects a too narrow focus, this textbook encompasses all the aspects of the transformation that raised Japan from the ashes of defeat to the status of `an economic model’. Bouissou closely relates economic growth to social change and politics – of which he gives a particulary detailed account. He shows how these upheavals affected the Japanese value system, collective mind, way of living and culture, illustrating his argument from post-war Japanese literature and cinema. The combination of this broad approach, and provocative analysis which emphasises social dislocation rather than the much-vaunted Japanese predilection for social harmony, distinguishes this textbook from others in the field.

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