City Life In Japan Author:R. P. Dore A hundred years ago, Japan was a feudal society. Today she ranks among the great industrial nations of the world. How has this transformation affected the lives of ordinary Japanese citizens? At least a partial answer to this question is provided in this book, which is based on a social survey that the author made in the ward, or precinct, in wh... more »ich he lived for several months. He seeks not only to describe, but also to compare and analyze: to compare modern Japan both with feudal and with Western industrial societies, and to analyze the processes of social change. How well he succeeds in achieving these objectives may be seen from these comments in connection with the original edition of the book.
"Without doubt one of the most informative and perceptive studies of Japan since the end of the War." -American Political Science Review
"The first book of its kind, and it tells us a great deal about its subject... Will remain permanently valuable." -American Anthropologist
"An almost perfect fusion of sociological and anthropological techniques of analysis." -American Journal of Sociology
"... 450 pages of vivid detail and shrewd comment on the changing lives of real people." -Journal of Asian Studies
"The most thorough-going analysis of Japanese society and culture to appear since Benedict's 'Chrysanthemum and the Sword'." -Far Eastern Survey« less