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The Social Sciences in Modern Japan : The Marxian and Modernist Traditions - Andrew E. Barshay

The Social Sciences in Modern Japan

The Marxian and Modernist Traditions

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This incisive intellectual history of Japanese social science from the 1890s to the present day considers the various forms of modernity that the processes of "development" or "rationalization" have engendered and the role social scientists have played in their emergence. Andrew E. Barshay argues that Japan, together with Germany and pre-revolutionary Russia, represented forms of developmental alienation from the Atlantic Rim symptomatic of late-emerging empires. Neither members nor colonies of the Atlantic Rim, these were independent national societies whose cultural self-image was nevertheless marked by a sense of difference.
Barshay presents a historical overview of major Japanese trends and treats two of the most powerful streams of Japanese social science, one associated with Marxism, the other with Modernism "(kindaishugi)," whose most representative figure is the late Maruyama Masao. Demonstrating that a sense of developmental alienation shaped the thinking of social scientists in both streams, the author argues that they provided Japanese social science with moments of shared self-understanding.

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Social Science as Historyp. 1
The Social Sciences in Modern Japan: An Overviewp. 36
Doubly Cruel: Marxism and the Presence of the Past in Japanese Capitalismp. 72
Thinking through Capital: Uno Kozo and Marxian Political Economyp. 92
School's Out? The Uno School Meets Japanese Capitalismp. 120
Social Science and Ethics: Civil Society Marxismp. 175
Imagining Democracy in Postwar Japan: Maruyama Masao as a Political Thinkerp. 197
Conclusionp. 240
Notesp. 257
Bibliographyp. 301
Indexp. 321
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ISBN: 9780520253810
ISBN-10: 0520253817
Series: Twentieth Century Japan: The Emergence of a World Power
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 346
Published: 1st November 2007
Publisher: University of California Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.5