Japanese Sense of Self (Publications of the Society for Psychological Anthropology)

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Nancy Rosenberger's book challenges previous simplistic comparisons between Western individualism and non-Western collectivism: the idea, as exemplified by the Japanese, of the self as interactive with society. Through their observations of Japanese life, the authors explain how the Japanese define themselves and communicate with those around them. They discuss what Westerners view as oppositions within the Japanese community and demonstrate how the Japanese reconcile one with the other. The Japanese emerge as complex and multi-faceted, vulnerable to outside influences, but strong enough to determine their own destinies.

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Demonstrating the Japanese ability to reconcile opposition within their community, this presentation of the idea of the self as interactive with society challenges previous simplistic comparisons between Western individualism and non-Western collectivism.

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'An ambitious formulation, with all the attendant excitement of originality ... This book ... takes its place as a contribution to ongoing anthropological debate and to a greater understanding of Japanese thought processes.' Joy Hendry, Man

'The authors urge a 'reconsideration' by Western-trained scholars of concepts of self in both Western and non-Western culutures ... [and] emphasizes the common humanity, the seeking, the vulnerability of all people, individually and collectively.' Paul Spackman, International Mind

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