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The State Bearing Gifts: Deception and Disaffection in Japanese Higher Education

Brian J. Mcveigh

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ISBN 10: 0739113445 / ISBN 13: 9780739113448
Published by Lexington Books September 2006, 2006
Used Condition: Used; Very Good Hardcover
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Title: The State Bearing Gifts: Deception and ...

Publisher: Lexington Books September 2006

Publication Date: 2006

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Used; Very Good

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Using Japanese higher education as a case study, author Brian J. McVeigh explores the varieties of 'exchange dramatics' among the Education Ministry, universities, faculty, and students. With one eye on large-scale processes and the other on everyday practices, he elucidates trafficking between micro- and macro-levels and key concepts of 'value,' 'exchange,' and 'role performance' by studying how political economy configures dramatization and deception at the everyday level. Relying on extensive ethnographic participant observation and the notion of the 'gift,' McVeigh challenges the commonly accepted idea of 'social contract' for understanding state-society relations. Written to be read as both a political and philosophical commentary and anthropological investigation, this work has theoretical implications for comparative studies of political systems, particularly regarding the relation between self-deception and the ideological manufacture of legitimacy.

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Brian J. McVeigh is visiting assistant professor in the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Arizona.

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