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Japanese Sense of Self

Japanese Sense of Self


Part of Publications of the Society for Psychological Anthropology

Nancy Rosenberger, Joseph Tobin, Dorinne Kondo, Augustin Berque, Takie Lebra, Takami Kuwayama, Jane Bachnik.
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  • Date Published: March 1994
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521466370

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About the Authors
  • The essays in this collection look at how the Japanese see themselves and others, in a variety of contexts, and challenge many Western assumptions about Japanese society. Through their own experiences and observations of Japanese life, the authors explain how the Japanese define themselves and how they communicate with those around them. They discuss what Westerners view as oppositions inherent within the Japanese community and demonstrate how the Japanese reconcile one with the other.

    • This book covers two of the most topical subjects in current anthropology, Japan and the self
    • The contributors are among the best in a rising generation of Japanese scholars
    • The book focuses on Japan and provides much information on Japanese life and culture
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'An ambitious formulation, with all the attendant excitement of originality … This book … takes its place as a contribution to ongoing anthropological debate and to a greater understanding of Japanese thought processes.' Joy Hendry, Man

    'The authors urge a 'reconsideration' by Western-trained scholars of concepts of self in both Western and non-Western culutures … [and] emphasizes the common humanity, the seeking, the vulnerability of all people, individually and collectively.' Paul Spackman, International Mind

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 1994
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521466370
    • length: 192 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 150 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.32kg
    • contains: 3 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

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    List of contributors
    1. Introduction Nancy Rosenberger
    2. Japanese preschools and the pedagogy of selfhood Joseph Tobin
    3. Multiple selves: the aesthetics and politics of artisanal identities Dorinne Kondo
    4. The tree in summer, the tree in winter: movement of self in Japan Nancy Rosenberger
    5. Identification of the self in relation to the environment Augustin Berque
    6. Self in Japanese culture Takie Lebra
    7. The reference of other orientation Tamkami Kuwayama
    8. Kehjime: how indexing self and social life defines its organisation Jane Bachnik

  • Editor

    Nancy R. Rosenberger, Oregon State University


    Nancy Rosenberger, Joseph Tobin, Dorinne Kondo, Augustin Berque, Takie Lebra, Takami Kuwayama, Jane Bachnik.

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