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Molding Japanese Minds: The State in Everyday Life

3.27 of 5 stars 3.27  ·  rating details  ·  22 ratings  ·  5 reviews
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 neighbors. In a series of five compelling case studies, Garon demonstrates how average citizens have cooperated with government officials in the areas of welfar ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published August 16th 1998 by Princeton University Press (first published May 1st 1997)
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morning Os
I like his argument and could not agree with him more, but the selection of cases starts to appear unfair in the postwar section. The thesis is the social management through informal channels, but there have been more 'formal channels' like medical insurance and public schools. How does it complicate his argument?
Alice Jennings
It was very useful to understanding historical stereotypes, but its really badly written, took me ages to read one chapter.
Garon is an excellent Japanese historian over the postwar period, but not a talented writer
Josh Brett
Garon argues persuasively against the liberal civil society/oppressive state dichotomy of pre-1945 Japan, showing how civil society groups made tactical allegiances with the state that resulted in further regimentation and bureaucratic control over daily life. His examples are varied, including social welfare programs, religious organizations, prostitution, and women's rights movements.
I read this as part of Sheldon Garon's class on modern Japan. His lectures borrow heavily from this book.
Jessica Zu
only read assigned chapters. pretty awesome writing and in-depth research. I'm troubled by the amazing similarities between Japanese gov & KMT->CCP in China ... social management seems to be a Confucian legacy ... scary
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