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By Yoshio Sugimoto

Crucial analyzing for college students of jap society, An creation to eastern Society now enters its 3rd variation. right here, the world over well known pupil, Yoshio Sugimoto, writes a worldly, but hugely readable and lucid textual content, utilizing either English and jap resources to replace and extend upon his unique narrative. The e-book demanding situations the conventional inspiration that Japan includes a uniform tradition, and attracts awareness to its subcultural variety and sophistication pageant. protecting all facets of jap society, it comprises chapters on category, geographical and generational edition, paintings, schooling, gender, minorities, pop culture and the institution. This re-creation good points sections on: Japan's cultural capitalism; the decline of the normal jap administration version; the increase of the 'socially divided society' thesis; adjustments of presidency; the unfold of manga, animation and Japan's pop culture abroad; and the growth of civil society in Japan.

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The Japan phenomenon poses a wide range of questions about the ethnocentric nature of Western sociology. The issue is looming large rather belatedly, partly because the founding fathers of sociology, and their followers, until very recently used Western Europe, the United States and a very limited number of non-Western societies as the empirical settings for the construction of theories of modernity and modernization. In the writings of Marx, Weber, and Durkheim, for instance, China, India, and Pacific islands are studied primarily as traditional societies for comparative purposes, but none of these scholars made any meaningful reference to Japan.

In particular, Benedict’s The Chrysanthemum and the Sword42 had a most significant impact on the postwar development of Japanese studies. Methodologically, Benedict took a ‘patterns of culture’ approach which assumed that Japanese society could best be understood as a social or cultural whole composed of a rather homogeneous set of individuals. Benedict used anthropological techniques for describing small societies with relatively undifferentiated populations in her study of the complex society of Japan.

The more we emphasize intersocietal cultural differences, the more cultural homogeneity we presume, thereby affirming an assumption of internal cultural imperialism. However, the more we stress the significance of intra-societal cultural relativism, the more we tend to play down the threat of external cultural domination and ethnocentrism. This dilemma, which the Japanese case so clearly illustrates, has placed the theory of the ‘relativity of relativities’ on the contemporary intellectual agenda.

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