1st Edition

Social Psychology of Modern Japan





ISBN 9780415850759
Published April 25, 2013 by Routledge
538 Pages

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This study reveals the complex combination of cultural particularity and modern universality that underlies the reality of contemporary Japan. The work uses sources such as popular works of art, song, best-selling books and the advice columns of newspapers to draw a striking portrait of the Japanese public. Focussing on the four main phases of modernizing and modernized Japan beginning in the nineteenth century and continuing to today’s postmodern society, this groundbreaking work uses quantitative and qualitative data to show that the processes of modernization brought a coexistence of generational variation imbued with tensions, conflicts and synergies, that, taken together, provide the key to understanding the structure and dynamism of contemporary Japan.

Table of Contents

Part 1: The History of Feeling in Modern Japan  1. Popular Songs as Social Psychological Data  2. The History of Anger  3. The History of Tears  4. The History of Joy  5. The History of Love  6. The History of Chivalry  7. The History of Lingering Attachment  8. The History of Jest  9. The History of Loneliness  10.The History of Nostalgia and Yearning  11. The History of Feelings of Transience  Appendix to Part One: A Dictionary of Modern Japanese Emotional Symbols  Part 2: The Social Psychology of Modernizing Japan  12. Archetypes of Social Response during the Meiji Restoration  13. Archetypes of Social Response during Meiji Westernization  14.Value and Belief Systems in Pre-war Textbooks  15. Sucessism as the Driving Spirit of Modernization  16. A History of Modern Japan in Image  Part 3: The Social Psychology of Modernized Japan 17. The History of Bestsellers  18. Revolution of Nostalgia  19.Typology of Unhappiness 20. White-Collar Spirit  21.Desires and Uneasiness of the Marginal Elite  22. Hell of Eyes – A Case Study of an Alienated Youth  Part 4: The Changing Mentality of Contemporary Japan  23.Generational Composition of Contemporary Society  24. The Changing Mentality of the Young  25. Reality, Dream and Fiction – Japan, 1945-90.

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