New Directions in the Study of Meiji Japan


This volume of proceedings from the Conference on Meiji Studies presents a rare multinational interchange among professors, researchers, and graduate students investigating Japan. The essays reflect both an appreciation of past scholarship and a determination to destabilize existing paradigms about Meiji Japan in favor of a multiplicity of perspectives that privilege subjectivity and non-elite groups.
Attention to relations of power challenges the notions of modernization as the master narrative in Japan's recent history and of consensus as the primary characteristic of social interaction in Japan.
The authors present an array of intellectual perspective on topics in the social sciences, humanities, and arts, employing a variety of theories and methodologies.
The book will be welcomed by readers interested in the Meiji era, contemporary Japan, and postmodern theories of power.

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Helen Hardacre, Ph.D. (1980) in History of Religions, University of Chicago, is Reischauer Institute Professor of Japanese Society and Religions, Harvard University. She has published extensively on modern Japanese religious history, including new religions movements and religion and the state.
Adam L. Kern is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University.
'This is a welcome addition to every Japanese library, institutional and personal...This current volume from Brill is a scholarly and provocative complement ...[The six volumes of the Studies in the Modernization of Japan from Princeton in the 1960s and 1970s]...This is the dynamic of history as inquiry.'
H.J. Jones, Pacific Affairs, 1998.
'In short, this volume is a veritable treasure trove for anyone interested in Meiji Japan.'
Marvin Marcus, The Journal of Asian Studies, 1998.
Everyone intersted in Meiji Japan, including its history, politics, society, literature, religion, and arts, as well as contemporary Japan, the changing field of Japanese studies, and postmodern theories of power.
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