Making Japanese Citizens: Civil Society and the Mythology of the Shimin in Postwar Japan

Avenell, Simon Andrew

Editore: University of California Press
ISBN 10: 0520262700 / ISBN 13: 9780520262706
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Riassunto: Making Japanese Citizens is an expansive history of the activists, intellectuals, and movements that played a crucial role in shaping civil society and civic thought throughout the broad sweep of Japan's postwar period. Weaving his analysis around the concept of shimin (citizen), Simon Avenell traces the development of a new vision of citizenship based on political participation, self-reliance, popular nationalism, and commitment to daily life. He traces civic activism through six phases: the cultural associations of the 1940s and 1950s, the massive U.S.-Japan Security Treaty protests of 1960, the anti-Vietnam War movement, the antipollution and antidevelopment protests of the 1960s and 1970s, movements for local government reform and the rise of new civic groups from the mid-1970s. This rich portrayal of activists and their ideas illuminates questions of democracy, citizenship, and political participation both in contemporary Japan and in other industrialized nations more generally.

From the Inside Flap: "This provocative book provides a historically grounded, densely documented, and analytically shrewd account of the 'mythology of the citizen' in postwar Japan. Avenell chronicles a history of cooptation, revealing that the citizen myth was susceptible to ethnic-nationalist sentiment, and later to the appeal of 'spontaneous' social service that could promote convergence with state and corporate interest. Nevertheless, as Avenell clearly shows, the mythology of the citizen remains attractive and retains its potential as an instrument of critique-for the essential act of negation that is the final protector of any democratic collectivity from supervening authority."—Andrew Barshay, author of The Social Sciences in Modern Japan: The Marxian and Modernist Traditions

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Titolo: Making Japanese Citizens: Civil Society and ...
Casa editrice: University of California Press
Legatura: Hardcover
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Descrizione libro University of California Press. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. 0520262700 Crisp, clean, unread hardcover with light shelfwear, missing dust jacket and a publisher's mark to one edge - Nice!. Codice libro della libreria Z0520262700Z2

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