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Old 01-22-2008, 09:29 PM   #55
Peter Goldsbury
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Re: Transmission, Inheritance, Emulation 5

Joshua Reyer wrote: View Post
Bosozoku, ijime, and to a lesser extent kyoiku mama, I see as definite social issues that Japan faces these days. However, if I may take up the (much trodden on) banner of cultural relativity, I don't know if I can agree with Professor Goldsbury's characterization of this as "cultural mania". (Although I suspect we are actually close together in our views, and this more a quibble over semantics.)
Hello Josh,

I spent much of my time explaining to my students here the grave perils involved in making supposedly 'objective' cultural comparisons. My working hypotheses concerning culture come from Hofstede (Culture's Consequences, Culture and Organizations: Software of the Mind) and the research on which these works are based. I have very little time for the usual run of books on 'Japanese' 'culture'.


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