The History of Japanese Psychology: Global Perspectives, 1875-1950 by Brian J. McveighThe History of Japanese Psychology: Global Perspectives, 1875-1950 by Brian J. Mcveigh

The History of Japanese Psychology: Global Perspectives, 1875-1950

byBrian J. McveighEditorChristopher Gerteis

Hardcover | January 12, 2017

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Through a focus on the contributions of pioneers such as Motora Yujiro (1858-1912) and Matsumoto Matataro (1865-1943), this book explores the origins of Japanese psychology, charting cross-cultural connections, commonalities, and the transition from religious-moralistic to secular-scientific definitions of human nature. Emerging at the intersection of philosophy, pedagogy, physiology, and physics, psychology in the late 19th and early 20th centuries confronted the pressures of industrialization and became allied with attempts to integrate individual subjectivities into larger institutions and organizations. Such social management was accomplished through Japan's establishment of a schooling system that incorporated psychological research, making educational practices both products of and the driving force behind changing notions of selfhood. In response to new forms of labor and loyalty, applied psychology led to or became implicated in personality tests, personnel selection, therapy, counseling, military science, colonial policies, and "national spirit." The birth of Japanese psychology, however, was more than a mere adaptation to the challenges of modernity: it heralded a transformation of the very mental processes it claimed to be exploring. With detailed appendices, tables and charts to provide readers with a meticulous and thorough exploration of the subject and adopting a truly comparative perspective, The History of Japanese Psychology is a unique study that will be valuable to students and scholars of Japanese intellectual history and the history of psychology.
Brian J. McVeigh received his PhD in anthropology from Princeton University, USA and is now training in mental health counseling at the University at Albany, SUNY, USA. The author of twelve books, his latest publications include Nationalisms of Japan: Managing and Mystifying Identity (2003), Interpreting Japan: Approaches and Applicati...
Title:The History of Japanese Psychology: Global Perspectives, 1875-1950Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:January 12, 2017Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface Notes to the Reader Prologue: A Physics for the Soul 1. Places, Periods, and Peoples: Problematizing Psyche 2. Historical Context: Japanese Cosmology and Psychology as Secularized Theology 3. From Soul to Psyche: A Change of Mind in Late Nineteenth-Century Japan 4. Early Institutionalization: How Higher Education and Disciplined the Psyche 5. Motora Yujiro and Matsumoto Matataro: The Founders of Japanese Psychology 6. Intellectual Reactions: Spiritualizing the Psyche and Psychologizing Society 7. Organizational Institutionalization: Professionalization, Applications, and Measuring the Mind 8. Disciplinary Maturation: Specializations, Theories, and Psychotherapy 9. Nationalist-Imperialist Psychology: State, Schooling, and Military Applications 10. Reconstruction and Expansion: Postimperial Japan as a Psychologized Society Epilogue: In Retrospect: Trajectories, Alternative Routes, and the Contributions of Japanese Women Psychologists Appendices Tables and Charts Bibliography Index

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McVeigh's History of Japanese Psychology is nothing short of a landmark achievement in the history of psychology. He is both detailed and comprehensive in providing a rich understanding the historical, cultural, and social forces that colluded to bring about the "interiorization" of the person, and thus the emergence of a modern Psychology in Japan. Spanning over 1,000 years of history, he illustrates not only an evolution of concepts dealing with subjectivity, but how the consumer of psychological knowledge, on a more practical level, is also affected.