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Contemporary Japan

Author: Duncan McCargo
Publisher: Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
Series: Contemporary states and societies.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Third editionView all editions and formats
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Japan is one of the world's most important societies, yet remains one of the least understood. This book is designed to fill the gap for a concise but thought-provoking introduction to all aspects of the country's political, economic and social life set in a clear historical context. The author's starting-point is that the study of Japan is 'contested territory' where even such apparently simple questions such as  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Duncan McCargo
ISBN: 9780230248687 0230248683 9780230248694 0230248691
OCLC Number: 797975170
Description: xiv, 258 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Themes and debates: The mainstream perspective ; The revisionist approach ; The culturalist perspective ; The country and its people ; Conclusion --
Historical background: The Tokugawa period (1603-1868) ; The Meiji period (1868-1912) ; Taisho democracy ; Imperialism, militarism and war ; The American Occupation --
The changing political economy: The Occupation and after ; Consolidating growth ; Savings ; The developmental state? ; The structure of Japanese business ; Busts and booms ; Accounting for the end of the 'miracle' ; Conclusion --
Social structure and social policy: Cultural characteristics ; Family structure ; Dating and relationships ; The urban-rural divide ; Women ; Minorities ; Immigration ; Religions ; Health and demography ; Welfare ; Class and inequality ; Conclusion --
Governing structures: Electoral system ; The prime minister ; The Cabinet and the ministries ; Local government ; The judiciary ; Bureaucracy and the bureaucratic-dominance debate ; The policy process ; Conclusion --
Political society : parties and opposition: The rise of the Democratic Party of Japan ; The significance of the DPJ victory ; The nature of the DPJ ; Signs of long-term change? ; A messy aftermath ; Explaining the LDP ; Reforming party funding ; Opposition politics ; The labour movement ; The end of LDP rule in 1992 ; Japanese politics after 1993 : the second party system? ; Is there a new Japanese politics? ; Conclusion --
Socialization and civil society: Sources of socialization and social control ; Policing and the criminal justice system ; Forms of social organization and participation ; Contrasting perspectives on Japanese civil society --
Japan's external relations: Japan's Self-Defence Forces ; The US-Japan alliance ; Okinawa and the issue of American bases ; Japan and Asia ; Japan and China ; Japan and North Korea ; Aid policy ; Trade and investment ; Internationalization ; Other key relationships ; Conclusion --
Conclusion: Interpreting Japan ; Conclusion.
Series Title: Contemporary states and societies.
Responsibility: Duncan McCargo.

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Fully revised and updated, this widely-praised introductory text explores Japan through the prism of three alternative perspectives: Mainstream, revisionist and culturalist. Beginning with the notion  Read more...

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