The Japanese Self in Cultural Logic


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The Japanese Self in Cultural Logic

by Takie Sugiyama Lebra (Author)



ISBN: 9780824828400


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Takie Lebra attempts a new understanding of the Japanese self through her unique use of cultural logic. She begins by presenting and elaborating on two models ("opposition logic" and "contingency logic") to examine concepts of self, Japanese and otherwise.

The cosmological layer, which centers around transcendental beliefs and fantasies, is examined and the analysis supplemented with comments on aestherics. Throughout Lebra applies her methodology to dozens of Japanese examples and makes relevant comparisons with North American culture and notions of self. Finally, she provides a spirited analysis of critiques of Nihonjinron to reinforce the relevancy of Japanese studies. This volume is the culmination of decades of thinking on self and social relations by one of the most influential scholars in the field. It will prove highly instructive to Japanese and non-Japanese readers alike in a range of disciplines, including anthropology, sociology, and social psychology.


ISBN 824828402
ISBN13 9780824828400
Publisher University of Hawai'i Press
Format Hardback
Publication date 31/12/2004
Pages 312
Weight (grammes) 667
Published in United States
Height (mm) 229
Width (mm) 152