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Palgrave Macmillan

Contemporary Japan

Edition 3rd edition
ISBN 9780230248687
Publication Date November 2012
Formats Hardcover Ebook (PDF) Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Contemporary States and Societies series

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.

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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