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Civil Society and Social Science in Yoshihiko Uchida

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  • Clarifies an important theoretical basis of democracy in post-war Japan

  • Analyzes the formation of a civil society theory peculiar to Japan

  • Introduces to non-Japanese-speaking people Yoshihiko Uchida’s achievement in its totality

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Table of contents (6 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xv
  2. Introduction to Yoshihiko Uchida

    • Toshio Yamada
    Pages 1-19
  3. Science and Inquiry in Hajime Kawakami

    • Toshio Yamada
    Pages 69-93
  4. Invisible Hand and Manipulative Hand

    • Toshio Yamada
    Pages 95-109

About this book

This book introduces the work of Yoshihiko Uchida (1913–1989), one of the most prominent Japanese thinkers on the topic of civil society in the post-World War II era. The distinctive features of Uchida’s approach to civil society are his view of the metabolic relationship between human beings and nature and his call for a social science rooted in the experiences and inquiries of ordinary citizens. This original approach did not develop in a straight line from Uchida’s early work to his mature period, and this book follows the twists and turns in its formation through his reflections on the relationships between “the civil” and “the capitalistic,” “the modern” and “the pre-modern,” “the historical” and “the trans-historical,” and “science by specialists” and “inquiry by laypeople.” As a historian of economic thought, Uchida pursued these topical themes by examining figures such as Adam Smith, Karl Marx, and Hajime Kawakami, a prominent thinker in Japan. By casting a light on these inquiries, this book offers the first depiction of Uchida’s body of work as a whole and in doing so illuminates the emergence of original democratic thought in post-war Japan.

Keywords

  • Yoshihiko Uchida
  • Civil Society
  • Social Science
  • Popular Inquiry
  • Division of Labor
  • Japanese Democracy

Authors and Affiliations

  • Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan

    Toshio Yamada

About the author

Toshio Yamada is an emeritus professor at Nagoya University in Japan, having previously served as Professor of economic theory at various institutions including Osaka City University and Nagoya University. He has served as a member of the board of directors of several academic associations, including, inter alia, The Japanese Society for the History of Economic Thought and The Japan Association for Evolutionary Economics. His works in English include Japanese Capitalism in Crisis, co-edited with Robert Boyer, Routledge, 2000; Evolving Diversity and Interdependence of Capitalism, co-edited with Robert Boyer et al., Springer, 2018; and Contemporary Capitalism and Civil Society, Springer, 2018.

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USD 89.00
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  • ISBN: 978-981-19-1138-5
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
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  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book
USD 119.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)