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Molding Japanese Minds By Sheldon Garon

Molding Japanese Minds by Sheldon Garon

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What actually unites the Japanese to achieve so many social and economic goals that have eluded other polities? This book helps readers to understand the Japanese mobilizing spirit as it taps into the intimate relationships everyday Japanese have with their government.

Molding Japanese Minds Summary

Molding Japanese Minds: The State in Everyday Life by Sheldon Garon

What actually unites the Japanese to achieve so many social and economic goals that have eluded other polities? This book helps readers to understand the Japanese mobilizing spirit as it taps into the intimate relationships everyday Japanese have with their government. To an extent inconceivable to most Westerners, state directives trickle into homes, religious groups and even into individuals' sex lives, where they are frequently welcomed by the Japanese and reinforced by their neighbours. In a series of five case studies, this book demonstrates how average citizens have co-operated with government officials in the areas of welfare, prostitution and household savings, and in controlling religious "cults" and promoting the political participation of women.

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"Molding Japanese Minds shows how extensively and consistently the modern Japanese state has sought to manage social behavior. As with any superb work of history, one finishes this book with a renewed appreciation of the complexity of the human condition, for this is not a simple story of control from the top. Sheldon Garon's important contribution is to show us how social groups and individuals who were supposed to be on the receiving end of state policy often joined forces with political officials in ways that confound simple division between state and society."-Andrew Gordon, Harvard University
"Molding Japanese Minds provides the best discussion I have seen of the intricate relationship between Japanese state institutions ad civil society. It covers one hundred years of moral suasion campaigns by the Japanese government on matters of gender, sexuality, welfare, and religion, casting doubt throughout on the utility of any conventional dichotomy between 'state' and 'society.' It thereby helps us to think in more creative ways about the complex social evolution of modern Japan."-T. J. Pempel, University of Washington
"Molding Japanese Minds is history at its best; with a thorough command of original sources and scholarship, both in Japanese and other languages, Garon demonstrates that social policy was not solely government-or bureaucracy-driven." * Times Literary Supplement *
"Sheldon Garon does exactly what needs to be done in the field of modern Japanese history: he focuses on the most important agency of the prewar Japanese developmental state, namely, the Ministry of Home Affairs. His case studies are marvelously done, magnificently researched, and very provocative."-Chalmers Johnson, Japan Policy Research Institute
"An excellent book. . . Garon has chosen his subject well and. . . he handles it with balance and authority."---Patrick Smith, The Nation

About Sheldon Garon

Sheldon Garon is Professor of History and East Asian Studies at Princeton University. He is the author of The State and Labor in Modern Japan, which was awarded the 1988 John K. Fairbank Prize by the American Historical Association.

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GOR010413415
9780691044880
0691044880
Molding Japanese Minds: The State in Everyday Life by Sheldon Garon
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Princeton University Press
1997-04-06
325
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