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The Social Sciences in Modern Japan

Andrew E. Barshay

in The Social Sciences in Modern Japan

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780520236455
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520941335 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520236455.003.0002
The Social Sciences in Modern Japan

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Social science is the science of knowing modernity. It is critically implicated in its political, social, and cultural context, particularly via the professional groups and institutions in which it is practiced. The fact that the origins of most disciplines and theories as such may have lain outside Japan is intellectually important. Their history for present purposes begins when Japanese scholars set out to organize themselves into disciplines that they took to be locally meaningful. Neotraditionalism held that Japan’s achievement and experience were essentially not comparable to those of other peoples. Japanese social science remains poorly recognized outside Japan despite the enormous impact of Japan on the modern world. Social science was one such impulse, imported as discrete texts already encountered during sponsored visits abroad, newly via translation, or as mediated by foreign experts working in Japan itself.

Keywords: social science; modernity; neotraditionalism; Japanese

Chapter.  14802 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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