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A cultural history of postwar Japan : rethinking Kasutori society

Title
A cultural history of postwar Japan : rethinking Kasutori society / Oliviero Frattolillo.
ISBN
9781032532059
103253205X
9781032532066
1032532068
9781003410850
9781000909678
9781000909661
Publication
Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2024.
Copyright Notice Date
©2024
Physical Description
xiv, 197 pages ; 24 cm.
Summary
"This book is a political and cultural history of the early postwar Japan aiming at exploring how the perception and cultural values of everyday life in the country changed along with the rise of the kasutori culture. Such a process was closely tied with both a refusal of the samurai culture and the interwar debate on modernity, and it resulted in a decadent way of life, exemplified by intellectuals such as Sakaguchi Ango. It depicts a short-lived radical cultural and social alternative, one that forced people to rethink their relationship to the kokutai, modernity, social roles, daily practices, and the production of knowledge. The subjectivity and daily practices in those years were more important in shaping the society and cultural identities of the Japanese than the new public ideology of the nation. This challenges some Euro-American historical notions that the new private sphere has emerged in Japan as an effect of the country's Americanization, rather than from within it. This work looks at the immediate aftermath of WWII from the perspective of Japan, but also try to rethink Westernization in the light of its global appropriation. This volume it is not only addressed to specialists of Japanese or Asian history, but it will also attract historians of the U.S., readers from political and intellectual history, cultural studies, and historiography in general"-- Provided by publisher.
Other formats
Online version: Frattolillo, Oliviero. Cultural history of postwar Japan First. Abingdon, Oxon ; New York : Routledge, 2023
Format
Books
Language
English
Added to Catalog
October 24, 2023
Series
Routledge studies in the modern history of Japan
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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