Making Japanese Citizens: Civil Society and the Mythology of the Shimin in Postwar Japan Simon Andrew Avenell

ISBN: 9780520947672

Published: September 8th 2010

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Making Japanese Citizens: Civil Society and the Mythology of the Shimin in Postwar Japan  by  Simon Andrew Avenell

Making Japanese Citizens: Civil Society and the Mythology of the Shimin in Postwar Japan by Simon Andrew Avenell
September 8th 2010 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 376 pages | ISBN: 9780520947672 | 4.40 Mb

Making Japanese Citizens is an expansive history of the activists, intellectuals, and movements that played a crucial role in shaping civil society and civic thought throughout the broad sweep of Japans postwar period. Weaving his analysis aroundMoreMaking Japanese Citizens is an expansive history of the activists, intellectuals, and movements that played a crucial role in shaping civil society and civic thought throughout the broad sweep of Japans postwar period.

Weaving his analysis around the concept of shimin (citizen), Simon Avenell traces the development of a new vision of citizenship based on political participation, self-reliance, popular nationalism, and commitment to daily life. He traces civic activism through six phases: the cultural associations of the 1940s and 1950s, the massive U.S.-Japan Security Treaty protests of 1960, the anti-Vietnam War movement, the antipollution and antidevelopment protests of the 1960s and 1970s, movements for local government reform and the rise of new civic groups from the mid-1970s.

This rich portrayal of activists and their ideas illuminates questions of democracy, citizenship, and political participation both in contemporary Japan and in other industrialized nations more generally.



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