1st Edition

Japan and the Pursuit of a New American Identity Work and Education in a Multicultural Age

By Walter Feinberg Copyright 1993

    First published in 1993, Japan and the Pursuit of a New American Identity is a sophisticated analysis of the mission of education in a multicultural age. Arguing that American education has been too long constrained by conservative discourse – which positions schools and students as weapons in an international competition with the Japanese – author Walter Feinberg assesses the cultural and philosophical limits of conservative vision as popularized by exponents Allan Bloom and E. D. Hirsch. Feinberg then develops a vision of education which accommodates the growing cultural diversity of American society and American schools. At the heart of Feinberg’s study is a unique philosophical analysis of Japanese and American attitudes towards work and education. Through a series of sensitively developed interview with American and Japanese workers, managers, parents, and teachers who have experienced life in one another’s culture, he examines the implications of our profound cultural differences with the Japanese for the development of a new American, multicultural identity. This book will be of interest to students of education, pedagogy, history and public policy.

    Acknowledgements Introduction 1. An American Identity Crisis 2. Japan and the American Quest for Moral Authority 3. Economic Conservatives and the Culture of Friction 4. Cultural Conservatives and the Vision of Harmony 5. Collective Identity and Social Practice 6. Japanese Identity 7. Education, Work and Democratic Identity Appendix I Appendix II Notes Index


    Walter Feinberg