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Reconfiguring modernity : concepts of nature in Japanese political ideology, Julia Adeney Thomas

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Reconfiguring modernity : concepts of nature in Japanese political ideology
Title
Reconfiguring modernity
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concepts of nature in Japanese political ideology
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Julia Adeney Thomas
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Language
eng
Summary
Julia Adeney Thomas turns the concept of nature into a powerful analytical lens through which to view Japanese modernity, bringing the study of both Japanese history and political modernity to a new level of clarity. She shows that nature necessarily functions as a political concept and that changing ideas of nature's political authority were central during Japan's transformation from a semifeudal world to an industrializing colonial empire. In political documents from the nineteenth to the early twentieth century, nature was redefined, moving from the universal, spatial concept of the Tokugawa period, through temporal, social Darwinian ideas of inevitable progress and competitive struggle, to a celebration of Japan as a nation uniquely in harmony with nature. The so-called traditional "Japanese love of nature" masks modern state power. Thomas's theoretically sophisticated study rejects the supposition that modernity is the ideological antithesis of nature, overcoming the determinism of the physical environment through technology and liberating denatured subjects from the chains of biology and tradition. In making "nature" available as a critical term for political analysis, this book yields new insights into prewar Japan's failure to achieve liberal democracy, as well as an alternative means of understanding modernity and the position of non-Western nations within it--
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1958-
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Thomas, Julia Adeney
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Twentieth-century Japan
Series volume
12
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  • Nature
  • Japan
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Reconfiguring modernity : concepts of nature in Japanese political ideology, Julia Adeney Thomas
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier.
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text
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txt
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rdacontent.
Contents
  • Rural Centers
  • Centers of Learning
  • Divorce Proceedings: Space versus Time
  • Early Meiji's Contentious Natures
  • Natural Forms of Contention: Laws and Bodies
  • The Historiography of Meiji Ideologies
  • Nature's Indeterminate Determinism
  • Kato Hiroyuki: Turning Nature into Time
  • Kato Hiroyuki and Tenko
  • Shinsei tai'i and Kokutai shinron
  • Introduction: The Trouble with Nature
  • Jinken shinsetsu
  • The Reaction to Jinken shinsetsu
  • Baba Tatsui: Natural Laws and Willful Natures
  • The Equilibrium of Forces in Nature and History
  • The Death Wishes of Baba Tatsui and Herbert Spencer
  • Tenpu jinkenron: The Reply to Kato
  • Catalyzing Nature: The Role of Will in Baba's Social Evolution
  • Ueki Emori: Singing the Body Electric
  • The Basic Body of Tenpu jinkenben
  • The Political Problems of Ueki's Bodies
  • Objections
  • A Dance of Loneliness
  • The Acculturation of Japanese Nature
  • Social Evolution's Victory
  • Social Evolution's Defeat: The Political Inadequacy of a Progressive Cosmopolis
  • Nature as Japanese Culture: Bringing the Outside In
  • The Last Vestiges of Social Darwinism
  • Ultranational Nature: Dead Time and Dead Space
  • Shinto's National Nature
  • Economizing Nature
  • Educating the National Family
  • Justifications
  • World-Historical Nature
  • Conclusion: Natural Freedom
  • Outline of Nature's Political History in Japan
  • The Topographical Imagination of Tokugawa Politics
  • Mental Maps
  • China as Imperial Center
  • Japan's Imperial Center
Control code
FIEb17329383
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xv, 239 pages
Isbn
9780520228542
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
System control number
  • ocm47916285
  • (OCoLC)47916285
Label
Reconfiguring modernity : concepts of nature in Japanese political ideology, Julia Adeney Thomas
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
  • Rural Centers
  • Centers of Learning
  • Divorce Proceedings: Space versus Time
  • Early Meiji's Contentious Natures
  • Natural Forms of Contention: Laws and Bodies
  • The Historiography of Meiji Ideologies
  • Nature's Indeterminate Determinism
  • Kato Hiroyuki: Turning Nature into Time
  • Kato Hiroyuki and Tenko
  • Shinsei tai'i and Kokutai shinron
  • Introduction: The Trouble with Nature
  • Jinken shinsetsu
  • The Reaction to Jinken shinsetsu
  • Baba Tatsui: Natural Laws and Willful Natures
  • The Equilibrium of Forces in Nature and History
  • The Death Wishes of Baba Tatsui and Herbert Spencer
  • Tenpu jinkenron: The Reply to Kato
  • Catalyzing Nature: The Role of Will in Baba's Social Evolution
  • Ueki Emori: Singing the Body Electric
  • The Basic Body of Tenpu jinkenben
  • The Political Problems of Ueki's Bodies
  • Objections
  • A Dance of Loneliness
  • The Acculturation of Japanese Nature
  • Social Evolution's Victory
  • Social Evolution's Defeat: The Political Inadequacy of a Progressive Cosmopolis
  • Nature as Japanese Culture: Bringing the Outside In
  • The Last Vestiges of Social Darwinism
  • Ultranational Nature: Dead Time and Dead Space
  • Shinto's National Nature
  • Economizing Nature
  • Educating the National Family
  • Justifications
  • World-Historical Nature
  • Conclusion: Natural Freedom
  • Outline of Nature's Political History in Japan
  • The Topographical Imagination of Tokugawa Politics
  • Mental Maps
  • China as Imperial Center
  • Japan's Imperial Center
Control code
FIEb17329383
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xv, 239 pages
Isbn
9780520228542
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
System control number
  • ocm47916285
  • (OCoLC)47916285

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