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Contemporary Japan

McCargo, Duncan

Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan 2013

Available at Rod Library  UNI Stacks  (DS889 .M3813 2013 )()

  • Title:
    Contemporary Japan
  • Author: McCargo, Duncan
  • Subjects: Japan -- History -- 1945-; History
  • Description: Introduction: Themes and debates: The mainstream perspective ; The revisionist approach ; The culturalist perspective ; The country and its people ; 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' ; 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 ; 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 ; 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? ; 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: Interpreting Japan ;
    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 'Who is in charge?' spark considerable disagreement and controversy among experts. To understand contemporary Japan, Duncan McCargo argues, it is necessary to get to grips with a range of different perspectives on Japanese political and social structures. Integrating contrasting perspectives throughout, the core chapters of the book focus on the changing economy, government and politics, society and culture, and Japan's place in the wider world. The new third edition of this popular text has been fully revised and updated throughout to cover key developments such as the historic end of LDP rule in 2009. This accessible and lively book will be essential reading both for students and general readers who want to know more about this important country.
  • Publisher: Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan
  • Creation Date: 2013
  • Edition: Third edition.
  • Format: xiv, 258 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm.
  • Notes: Includes bibliographical references (pages 225-240) and index.
  • Language: English
  • Identifier: ISBN9780230248694 (pbk.) ;ISBN9780230248687 ;ISBN0230248683 ;ISBN0230248691 (pbk.)
  • Source: 01NRTHIOW ALMA
  • Alma MMS ID: 991006032929702841

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