Japanese Frames of Mind addresses two main questions in light of a collection of research conducted by both Japanese and American researchers at Harvard University: What challenge does Japanese psychology offer to Western psychology? Will the presumed universals of human nature discovered by Western psychology be reduced to a set of 'local psychology' among many in a world of unpredicted variations? The chapters provide a wealth of new data and perspectives related to aspects of Japanese child development, moral reasoning and narratives, schooling and family socialization, and adolescent experiences. By placing the Japanese evidence within the context of Western psychological theory and research, the book calls for a systematic reexamination of Western psychology as one psychology among many other ethnopsychologies. Written in mostly non-technical language, this book will appeal to developmental and cultural psychologists, anthropologists interested in psychological anthropology, educators, and anyone interested in Japanese and Asian studies.
' ... a useful introduction to how the Japanese are socially developing in the twenty-first century.' Raymond Lamont-Brown
"Japanese Frames of Mind is an intriguing and well-written professional work...a book worthy of the attention of anyone wishing to understand Japanese culture (group-fantasy) and the mechanisms for inducting the young into the arcane rituals of the group. It provides insight into Japanese moral reasoning, mother-child relations, preschool, and mechanisms utilized to gain compliance with the group. Perhaps even more valuably, it demonstrates the extent to which some Japanese experts are only peripherally aware of the generational conflict that underlies the surface harmony of group life in contemporary Japan." Kenneth Alan Adams, Jacksonville State University, The Journal of Psychohistory
"Scholarly, concise, and interesting, the compilation is highly recommended for academic collections in comparative culture, Japanese studies, and international studies and for general social science collections with a cross-disciplinary/cross cultural emphasis." Choice