Re: Transmission, Inheritance, Emulation 5
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.)
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'.
Last edited by Peter Goldsbury : 01-22-2008 at 10:31 PM.