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Author Rieu, Alain-Marc
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Content type Text
Publisher Institut d'Etudes Transtextuelles et Transculturelles
File Format PDF
Language English
Subject Keyword philosophy ♦ politics ♦ intellectuals ♦ Japan ♦ collective memory ♦ history ♦ identity ♦ fascism ♦ ultra-nationalism ♦ religion ♦ shs ♦ Humanities and Social Sciences/Philosophy
Abstract The objective is to analyse the cultural, social and political conditions of a decisive period of Japan’s modernity known by the slogan of “overcoming modernity” (kindai no chokoku). This slogan is the title of a colloquium, which took place in Tokyo in July 1942, eight months after Pearl Harbour, and associated influential and respected intellectuals. This colloquium and slogan signalled a deep and pervasive cultural, political and societal syndrome, conducive in the case of Japan to fascism and ultra-nationalism. But this syndrome is not an experience unique to Japan. It is observed in every modern society, as a step in ofits past but also present evolution. This syndrome signals therefore an ambiguous and highly dangerous period. It expresses the collective experience of a society at a given moment. This experience conditions its relation to the past, its understanding of theits present situationand also the capacity of individuals and groups to respond to theiris present situation. TBut this collective experience is expressed in metaphysics subjective experience and inter-subjective bond reinforcing a community under intense pressure. In Japan, “oOvercoming modernity” expressed a deep disenchantment with toward modernizsation’s effects and sequels, along with grea deep individual anxiety and collective confusion. The case of Japan provides us with a unique knowledge of a major societal syndrome. The goal is to construct a theory capable of identifying today similar periods of deep political and cultural instability in nations like China, France, Russia and others, with the goal to analyse these cases and evaluate the resulting risks and potential responses.
ISSN 17712084
Educational Use Research
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2015-08-15
Journal Transtext(e)s Transcultures : Journal of Global Cultural Studies
Issue Number 9