West European academic images and stereotypes of Japan since the 1970s

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dc.contributor.author IWASA, Takuro en
dc.date.accessioned 2009-01-27T10:02:55Z
dc.date.available 2009-01-27T10:02:55Z
dc.date.created 2007 en
dc.date.issued 2007 en
dc.identifier.citation Florence, European University Institute, 2007
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1814/10399
dc.description Defence date: 26 October 2007
dc.description Examining board: Prof. Akira Kudo (University of Tokio) ; Prof. Willfried Spohn (Katholische Universität Eichstätt) ; Prof. Bo Stråth (Helsinki University and former EUI/Supervisor) ; Prof. Martin Van Gelderen (EUI)
dc.description.abstract The aim of this thesis is to analyse the changes through the time of the West European academic images and stereotypes of Japan since the 1970s, and to study how Japan has been produced and constructed for Europe in some major academic disciplines, that is, economics, business management studies, social sciences, and across these disciplines. Therefore, it is a thesis to clarify the European imaginations and stereotypisations of Japan as reflected in the West European academic debate. It also aims to illuminate the European conceptualisation of Japan. How have the European academics perceived and interpreted the Japanese economy, its business management, society and historical backdrop since the 1970s? How have the images and stereotypes of Japan been constructed and developed for Europe as a model, as a threat or as the Other? Do any remarkable shared features or differences between images and stereotypes exist within each period or each academic discipline? These questions are addressed in the thesis. The thesis was born out of an academic interest in the development of the civilisational dialogue between Europe and Japan. Europe had always presented the models to emulate for the other non-Western nations, including - at least previously - Japan. After a century of Japanese interest in emulating European models of modernisation, in the 1970s influences started to operate in the reverse direction. It was during the 1970s that the West Europeans faced their serious economic, social and identity crises, and when the Europeans started to look to Japan for an alternative model with much more interest and close attention. Over the period since the 1970s Japan has provided itself to be the first non-Western nation in modern history that has demonstrated the alternative economic and social models from which Europe can learn or with which it can contrast itself for the first time.
dc.format.medium Paper en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.relation.ispartofseries EUI PhD theses en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Department of History and Civilization en
dc.subject Japan
dc.subject Civilization
dc.subject 1945
dc.subject East and West
dc.subject Group identity
dc.subject Japan
dc.subject Stereotypes (Social psychology)
dc.subject.lcsh Japan -- Civilization -- 1945-
dc.subject.lcsh East and West
dc.subject.lcsh Group identity -- Japan
dc.subject.lcsh Stereotypes (Social psychology)
dc.title West European academic images and stereotypes of Japan since the 1970s en
dc.type Thesis en
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