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This short work presents a configuration of the important elements to be found in contemporary Japanese social life, and attempts to shed new light on Japanese society. Nakane deals with his own society as a social anthropologist using some of the methods which he was accustomed to applying in examining any other society.

However, its form is not that of a scientific thesi This short work presents a configuration of the important elements to be found in contemporary Japanese social life, and attempts to shed new light on Japanese society.

However, its form is not that of a scientific thesis as may be seen at once from the absence of a bibliography; the author also refrains from quoting any statistical figures or precise data directly obtained from field surveys. Nakane has tried to construct a structural image of Japanese society, synthesizing the major distinguishing features to be found in Japanese life. He has drawn evidence almost at random from a number of different types of community to be found in Japan today--industrial enterprises, government organizations, educational institutions, intellectual groups, religious communities, political parties, village communities, individual household and so on.

Throughout this investigation of groups in such varied fields, Nakane has concentrated my analysis on individual behavior and interpersonal relations which provide the base of both the group organization and the structural tendencies dominating in the development of a group.

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Jan 29, Edward rated it it was amazing Shelves: japanese-literature. In the late s, Ruth Benedict published "The Chrysanthemum and the Sword," one of the first in-depth studies on Japanese culture widely read by the West and still considered a seminal work today. About twenty years later, Prof. Chie Nakane wrote this book on the same topic, which would also go on to become a famous work in the genre.

More up to date than Benedict's book, it also has the advantage of being written by an actual Japanese person. Nakane goes over much of the same material, but whe In the late s, Ruth Benedict published "The Chrysanthemum and the Sword," one of the first in-depth studies on Japanese culture widely read by the West and still considered a seminal work today. Nakane goes over much of the same material, but whereas Benedict centered her research very heavily on giri obligation , Nakane focuses on localized "frames" as the basis of Japanese society.

Essentially, a "frame" is a subjective environment based on immediate contextual relationships. In other words, whoever is immediately around you and whatever immediately concerns you. This is in opposition to "attributes," which are broader, more universal aspects of a person.

Being a college student is an attribute, for example. Being a student from Harvard university, in their medical research department, between the years , etc.

Being a father is an attribute. Being so-and-so's father is a frame, and so on. Nakane says that "the most characteristic feature of Japanese social organization arises from the single bond in social relationships: an individual or a group has always one single distinctive relationship to the other.

For example, the dedication of the average Japanese "salaryman" is legendary, as is the involvement of their company in what we would consider their private lives. It is not unusual even today for someone's boss to be consulted about such things as marriage, or major financial decisions.

Salarymen typically stay with one company their entire lives, never leaving even if another job is available somewhere else at higher pay. This is puzzling to Americans, but only because we typically view ourselves in terms of attributes, not frame. Take an American lawyer. If asked what he does for a living, he will probably say "I am a lawyer. Being a lawyer is his attribute. In Japan, this order is reversed. There, he works for "such and such legal firm. As you can see, a frame is much more specific and personal.

A society built around frame networks will come to see their surroundings as much more intimate and close than one built on attributes. An American is unlikely to ask his boss for help with his wedding unless he happens to be personal friends with his boss. This is because his boss is just someone he works for, nothing more. In Japan your boss is part of personal "frame," the means by which you place yourself in society.

He is much more than a boss, and your job is not just a way to make money. Your company is more like a family, maybe in some ways more intimate than your blood-relatives. Regardless of how right or wrong you think such a dynamic is, understanding this is key to understanding Japanese society as a whole according to Nakane. Examples of how frames define the entirety of Japan's social relations can be found not only in the corporate world but in politics, education, and the home.

It is behind the highly hierarchical mindset of the average Japanese and has endured despite the many changes Japan has undergone since modernization. As with Benedict's research, some of the contents must be evaluated in light of the many decades which have passed since Nakane first published this book. But it endures for the same reason Benedict's does--she was searching for underlying principles which are important to Japanese society and which will continue to be felt for many generations to come, regardless of superficial changes in areas like technology.

Jul 24, Fadoua rated it liked it. I have encountered the ideas of this books in several other works written about Japan. However, the biggest contribution of the book was the various concrete examples that illustrate the author's arguments.

I would be more interested to read a revised version of this book that take into account several new aspects globalization, the social model in start-up businesses, etc. Nov 02, Velvetea rated it it was ok Shelves: japanese. A study of the mental and behavioral characteristics of Japanese It centers mainly on the workplace, which, as I was reading it while in a Japanese workplace high school , was interesting at times, though a little out-dated now. However, on this topic I highly recommend Ruth Benedict's "The Chrysanthemum and the Sword" for more wide A study of the mental and behavioral characteristics of Japanese However, on this topic I highly recommend Ruth Benedict's "The Chrysanthemum and the Sword" for more wide-reaching analysis.

But this extended essay is OK if you're looking for something quick and specific to the office lifestyle. Nov 16, Fredrick Danysh rated it liked it. Japanese Society is an academic evaluation of the class structure of Japanese society. The ways in which the classes are constructed are pursued as is the accepted ways of interaction between the different classes.

Jul 14, Marija S. The book is a bit outdated, however is a solid read and I would recommend it to anyone interested in how the Japanese society is structured in one basic fragment. It is far from a complete 'manual' though. Four out of five stars due to changed circumstances since the book had first been published and due to its lacking structure repetitive, no clear final word, etc.

Also, there are a lot of things, important for understanding of the Japanese mindset and culture it does not mention at all. I woul The book is a bit outdated, however is a solid read and I would recommend it to anyone interested in how the Japanese society is structured in one basic fragment. I would love to see it revised with social changes of the modern Japan.

If anyone has a good recommendation in that regard, please share. Letto e studiacchiato in previsione di una tesi sul Giappone. Estremamente asciutto e conciso. Jan 20, Karu rated it it was amazing. Japanese society is explained by Chie Nakane's 'vertical society' theory.

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This short work presents a configuration of the important elements to be found in contemporary Japanese social life, and attempts to shed new light on Japanese society. Nakane deals with his own society as a social anthropologist using some of the methods which he was accustomed to applying in examining any other society. However, its form is not that of a scientific thesis as may be seen at once from the absence of a bibliography; the author also refrains from quoting any statistical figures or precise data directly obtained from field surveys. Nakane has tried to construct a structural image of Japanese society, synthesizing the major distinguishing features to be found in Japanese life. He has drawn evidence almost at random from a number of different types of community to be found in Japan today--industrial enterprises, government organizations, educational institutions, intellectual groups, religious communities, political parties, village communities, individual household and so on. Throughout this investigation of groups in such varied fields, Nakane has concentrated my analysis on individual behavior and interpersonal relations which provide the base of both the group organization and the structural tendencies dominating in the development of a group.

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Japanese Society is an analysis of the structure of Japanese society , written by Nakane Chie. The main theme of the book is the working of what Nakane calls "the vertical principle" in Japanese society, which is a series of social relations between two individuals, one of whom is senior and one of whom is junior. Nakane also formulates the criteria of 'attribute' and 'frame' to illuminate that way that groups are formed in Japan, and to compare Japan with other countries. Her thesis is that 'frame', which is circumstantial and may be "a locality, an institution or a particular relationship which binds a set of individuals into one group, [1] is more important that 'attribute', "which may be acquired not only by birth but by achievement", examples of which include "a definite descent group or caste ".

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