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Myth of Japanese Uniqueness (Routledge Revivals)

1st Edition

By Peter Dale


232 pages

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The ‘nihonjinron’ is a body of writing and thought which constitutes a major and highly thought of academic industry in Japan. It analyses the Japanese identity and presupposes that the Japanese differ radically from other people in their make-up. It believes that their uniqueness is due to linguistic, sociological and philosophical differences.

First published in 1988, this book is a critical analysis of the thought on which the ‘nihonjinron’ is based. Placing particular emphasis upon psychoanalysis, which constitutes the centrepiece of the book, Peter Dale reasons that the ‘nihonjinron’ should be treated as a mythological system.

Table of Contents

1. On ‘The Otherness of the Other’ 2. The Quest for Identity 3. A Uniqueness Rare in the World 4. The Dialectics of Difference 5. The Warp of Language 6. The Linguistics of Silence 7. Silence and Elusion 8. Omnia Vincit Amae 9. The Complex of Japanese Psychoanalysis 10. The Shame of a Shame Culture 11. Monkey Business 12. On Identity and Difference

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies
TRAVEL / Asia / Japan