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Dependency and Japanese Socialization: Psychoanalytic and Anthropological Investigations into Amae

Johnson, Frank A.

ISBN 10: 0814741924 / ISBN 13: 9780814741924
Published by New York University Press, 1993
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A very good hardcover copy with bright gilt spine lettering. Light rubbing to corners and spine ends. Tight binding. Clean, unmarked pages. Very good jacket in removable mylar; light spine fading. NOT ex-library. Indexed. 452pg. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilogram. Category: Psychology; ISBN: 0814741924. ISBN/EAN: 9780814741924. Inventory No: 018705. Bookseller Inventory # 007897

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Title: Dependency and Japanese Socialization: ...

Publisher: New York University Press

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Very Good

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Western ideologies traditionally emphasize the concepts of individualism, privacy, freedom, and independence, while the prevailing ethos relegates dependency to a disparaged status. In Japanese society, the divergence from these Western ideals can be found in the concept of amae (perhaps best translated as "indulgent dependency") which is part of the Japanese social fiber and pervades their experience.
For the Western reader, the concept of amae is somewhat alien and unfamiliar, but in order to understand the Japanese fully, it is essential to acquire a familiarity with the intensity that accompanies interdependent affiliations within their culture. To place amae in the proper context, Johnson critically examines the Western attitudes toward dependency from the perspectives of psychoanalysis, psychiatry, developmental psychology, and anthropology. Johnson traces the development of the concept and uses of the term dependency in academic and developmental psychology in the West, including its recent eclipse by the more operationally useful terms attachment and interdependency.
This timely book makes use of the work of Japanese psychiatrist Takeo Doi, whose book The Anatomy of Dependence introduced the concept of amae to the West. Johnson goes on to illuminate the collective manner in which Japanese think and behave which is central to their socialization and educational practices, especially as seen in the stunning success of Japanese trading practices during the past twenty years. A major emphasis is placed upon the positive aspects of amae, which are compared and contrasted with attitudes toward dependency seen among other nationalities, cultures, and groups in both Western and Asian societies.
Complete with a glossary of Japanese terms, Dependency and Japanese Socialization provides a comprehensive investigation into Japanese behavior.

About the Author:

Frank A. Johnson, M.D., is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco. His area interest has centered on cultural contrasts between Japanese and North Americans concerning language use, display of emotion, and differential interaction rules. Other interests include alienation theory, semiotics, communicative aspects of psychotherapy, and cross-cultural definitions of self.

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