Japanese Society

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University of California Press, 1970 - Japan - 157 pages
"A brilliant wedding of 'national character' studies and analyses of small societies through the structural approach of British anthropology. One is of course reminded of Ruth Benedict's "Chrysanthemum and the Sword" which deals also with Japanese national culture. Studies by Margaret Mead and Geoffrey Gorer deal with other national cultures; however, all of these studies take off from national psychology. Professor Nakane comes to explanation of the behavior of Japanese through analysis rather of historical social structure of Japanese society, beginning with the way any two Japanese perceive each other, and following through to the nature of the Japanese corporation and the whole society. Nakane's remarkable achievement, which has already given new insight about themselves to the Japanese, promises to open up a new field of large-society comparative social anthropology which is long overdue."--Sol Tax
 

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Contents

CHAPTER ONE CRITERIA OF GROUP FORMATION
1
Emotional participation and onetoone relationships
8
CHAPTER TWO THE INTERNAL STRUCTURE OF THE GROUP
23
The fundamental structure of vertical organization
40
Qualification of the leader and interpersonal relations
63
The undifferentiated role of the group member
80
CHAPTER THREE THE OVERALL STRUCTURE OF
87
CHAPTER FOUR CHARACTERISTICS AND VALUE
104
The web of comradeship
120
Localism and tangibility
130
CONCLUDING REMARKS
141
INDEX
153
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