By Akihiro Ogawa
A examine the voluntary zone in Japan, which has emerged strongly simply in contemporary years.
The international discourse on civil society is either advanced and enriched during this player research of Japan’s volunteers, referred to as the 3rd quarter. within the wake of the japanese government’s failed reaction to the 1995 earthquake, volunteers took the lead in delivering relief to sufferers. This fresh sea swap in jap society used to be quick via the 1998 NPO legislation (nonprofit association legislations) that encourages 3rd area actions. Drawing on his fieldwork at one of many new NPOs, Akihiro Ogawa explores intimately the social and ancient particularities of eastern “civil society” or shimin shakai, revisiting how the concept that is interpreted and practiced through the volunteers themselves. Civil society, Ogawa argues, can most sensible be understood as an lively, dynamic technique instead of as a static, summary model.
“…a great addition to the nonetheless scant ethnographic literature on Japan’s civil zone, offering an in-depth and multi-dimensional examine the methods civil society organisations were reimagined, mobilized and restricted via the japanese kingdom and through its electorate … This e-book is mainly precious to the becoming variety of practitioners within the fields of nonprofit administration, voluntary motion and social entrepreneurship.” — Pacific Affairs
“Ogawa’s first-class examine is especially necessary due to its blend of ethnographic grounding and analytical succeed in … His research increases vital and uncomfortable questions about Japan’s civil society.” — Japanese Studies
“…Ogawa demanding situations the inspiration that the 3rd region in Japan exists self sufficient of the nation … [and] offer[s] attention-grabbing insights into the state-civil society relations.” — Social technology Japan Journal
“Ogawa writes an attractive, provocative exam of the advance of civil society in modern Japan … This booklet could be of curiosity to scholars on non-Western civil society, students of up to date Japan and of social entrepreneurship, and examine methodologists.” — CHOICE
“…Ogawa offers a desirable account of up to date eastern civil society on the grass roots. His cautious and illuminating ethnography of a lately included nonprofit association (NPO) finds very important insights into the altering nature of eastern citizenship and the connection among the nonprofit zone and the country in modern Japan … a important addition to the becoming literature on civil society in Japan.” — Journal of jap Studies
“…Ogawa’s publication presents a deep perception into modern Japan … this can be a powerful research that's actually multidisciplinary in its process and analysis.” — Voluntas
“Akihiro Ogawa’s ebook is a well timed and demanding ethnography of civil society in modern Japan.” — Asian Anthropology
Read or Download The Failure of Civil Society?: The Third Sector and the State in Contemporary Japan PDF
Similar Japan books
Benefit from the top jap meals at domestic with greater than a hundred dishes from the gastronomic megacity, together with favorites equivalent to miso, sushi, rice, and candies. whereas many of us take pleasure in a nearly cult-like reverence for eastern food, they’re intimidated to make this beautiful nutrition at domestic. during this finished cookbook, Maori Murota demystifies jap cooking, making it available and understood via somebody drawn to studying approximately her local nutrients tradition and consuming good.
A pulsating psycho-thriller from Ryu Murakami, writer of within the Miso Soup A renaissance guy for the postmodern age, Ryu Murakami—a musician, filmmaker (Tokyo Decadence), television character, and award-winning author—has won a cult following within the West. His first novel, virtually obvious Blue, received Japan’s such a lot coveted literary prize and bought over one million copies, and his latest psychosexual mystery, within the Miso Soup, gave readers one other flavor of his particularly agile mind's eye.
Japan is arguably contemporary so much winning commercial financial system, combining nearly exceptional affluence with social balance and obvious concord. jap items and cultural products--from lively video clips and computing device video games to autos, semiconductors, and administration techniques--are fed on worldwide.
Many jap as soon as respected the wolf as Oguchi no Magami, or Large-Mouthed natural God, yet as Japan begun its sleek transformation wolves misplaced their otherworldly prestige and have become noxious animals that had to be killed. by way of 1905 that they had disappeared from the rustic. during this lively and soaking up narrative, Brett Walker takes a deep examine the clinical, cultural, and environmental dimensions of wolf extinction in Japan and tracks altering attitudes towards nature via Japan's lengthy historical past.
Additional resources for The Failure of Civil Society?: The Third Sector and the State in Contemporary Japan
One broad examine on hand in this subject, carried out through the japanese cupboard Ofﬁce, used to be introduced in June 2003. in accordance with this research (Cabinet Ofﬁce 2003), areas the place volunteering is lively Kawazoe forty nine exhibit rather low crime charges, low unemployment premiums, and excessive start premiums. If we find those ﬁndings in the thought of social capital, because the researchers did, then we'd finish that energetic volunteering actions enhance social linkage via human networks in neighborhood groups, which in flip leads to the buildup of social capital. From this attitude, volunteer actions deﬁnitely bring about a fascinating end result: peaceable, secure, and good groups. Returning to the query I raised firstly of the paragraph, the study means that city parts resembling Tokyo and Osaka are social-capital negative, whereas nearby components are social-capital wealthy, as a result urbanization approach. extra, i'm attracted to how this doubtless new concept—social capital—has been brought, argued, or even justiﬁed in modern jap society. 6 specifically, how are NPOs positioned within the social-capital argument? in truth, the learn undertaking defined previous encourages the govt. to pursue collaborative rules to construct powerful social capital in Japan. The researchers’ key stance is that the govt can construct social capital via guidelines that construct volunteering actions. in response to the study record (Cabinet Ofﬁce 2003, 101–102), such regulations may still disguise a variety, because the signiﬁcance of social capital isn't constrained to any specific quarter. the govt has been imposing several types of rules and courses regarding neighborhood improvement, together with neighborhood help and revitalization courses. the govt. is also given the subsequent innovations: create extra rules to inspire participation in volunteer actions and turn on latest volunteering courses. those guidelines will result in larger social capital, as they play a signiﬁcant position in growing human relationships between volunteers in response to the norm of reciprocity. during this experience, volunteer-based NPO actions act as a seedbed for the cultivation of social capital. As hugely steered within the research, the govt. can reap the benefits of current social capital for brand spanking new coverage implementation. by means of hence invoking social capital, the govt. is justifying a strategic reorganization of the prevailing social and political structures that would swimsuit it. Social capital is out there to the govt to lessen its administrative expenditures by means of removal actions from the area of the nation. actually, the document argues that social capital makes it attainable to save lots of taxpayers cash during the devolution procedure as paintings strikes from the kingdom to the volunteer-based NPO region. it's concerning the group effectively reaching growth towards fixing social ills. i'd say that my box website, SLG, will be situated squarely during this macro-discourse on social capital. within the subsequent bankruptcy, bringing up the case of SLG, I light up how this social capital argument within the coverage advice records used to be embodied on the neighborhood 50 The Failure of Civil Society?