Contemporary Japan by Duncan MccargoContemporary Japan by Duncan Mccargo

Contemporary Japan

byDuncan Mccargo

Paperback | October 19, 2012

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Japan is one of the world's most important societies, yet remains one of the least understood. This book is designed to fill the gap for a concise but thought-provoking introduction to all aspects of the country's political, economic and social life set in a clear historical context.

The author's starting-point is that the study of Japan is 'contested territory' where even such apparently simple questions such as 'Who is in charge?' spark considerable disagreement and controversy among experts. To understand contemporary Japan, Duncan McCargo argues, it is necessary to get to grips with a range of different perspectives on Japanese political and social structures. Integrating contrasting perspectives throughout, the core chapters of the book focus on the changing economy, government and politics, society and culture, and Japan's place in the wider world.

The new third edition of this popular text has been fully revised and updated throughout to cover key developments such as the historic end of LDP rule in 2009. This accessible and lively book will be essential reading both for students and general readers who want to know more about this important country.
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.
Title:Contemporary JapanFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pagesPublished:October 19, 2012Publisher:Macmillan Education UKLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230248691

ISBN - 13:9780230248694


Table of Contents

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.- Conclusion.