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Molding Japanese Minds: The State in Everyday Life
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 1997)
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Jul 24, 2008 morning Os rated it really liked it
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?
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.