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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Contemporary Japan

Edition 3rd Edition
ISBN 9780230248687
Publication Date November 2012
Formats Hardcover Ebook Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Contemporary States and Societies

Fully revised and updated, this widely-praised introductory text explores Japan through the prism of three alternative perspectives: Mainstream, revisionist and culturalist. Beginning with the notion of Japan as a 'contested territory' the book focuses on debates about the real nature of Japan's successes and shortcomings.

Duncan McCargo is Professor in the School of Politics and International Studies, University of Leeds. He is also a visiting scholar at the Weatherhead East Asia Institute, Columbia University, USA.

Introduction: Themes and Debates
Historical Background
The Changing Political Economy
Governing Structures
Political Society: Parties and Opposition
Social Structure and Policy
Culture, Socialization and Civil Society
Japan's External Relations


Reviews of first edition:'I wholeheartedly recommend this...convenient synthesis of recent scholarship on Japan.' - Luis G. Perez, Journal of Asian Studies
'It should become a standard student text and is a 'must' for the general reader.' - Times Higher Education Supplement
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