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Introduction

Simon Andrew Avenell

in Making Japanese Citizens

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780520262706
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520947672 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520262706.003.0001
Introduction

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This book is a history of the activists, intellectuals, politicians, bureaucrats, and advocates who invoked and deployed the shimin idea and the civic movements and public programs in which it found form. The book has two aims: By retracing key movements of the postwar era, the book hopes to show how ideas have affected civic activism and, more broadly, the development of civil society in the country. Leading activists and their ideas helped shape both the mechanics of civic activism and the meanings participants and others attributed to it. And, secondly, the book uses the shimin idea and its manifestations in civic movements to scrutinize the motivations and aspirations fueling grassroots activism and progressive politics throughout the period.

Keywords: activists; intellectuals; politicians; bureaucrats; advocates; shimin; civic movements; civic activism

Chapter.  7547 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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