Introduction to Japanese Culture
Paperback ISBN: 4805313137
Featuring full-color photographs and illustrations throughout this text is a comprehensive guide to Japanese culture. The richness of Japan's history is renowned worldwide. The heritage of culture that its society has produced and passed on to future generations is one of Japan's greatest accomplishments. InIntroduction to Japanese Culture, you'll read an overview, through sixty-eight original and informative essays, of Japan's most notable cultural achievements, including: - Religion, Zen Buddhism, arranged marriages and Bushido - Drama and Art—from pottery, painting and calligraphy to haiku, kabuki and karate - Cuisine—everything from rice to raw fish - Home and Recreation, from board games such as Go to origami, kimonos and Japanese gardens The Japan of today is a fully modern, Westernized society in nearly every regard. Even so, the elements of an earlier age are clearly visible in the country's arts, festivals, and customs. This book focuses on the essential constants that remain in present-day Japan and their counterparts in Western culture. Edited by Daniel Sosnoski, an American writer who has lived in Japan since 1985, these well-researched articles, color photographs, and line illustrations provide a compact guide to aspects of Japan that often puzzle the outside observer.Introduction to Japanese Culture is wonderfully informative, a needed primer on the cultural make-up and behaviors of the Japanese. This book is certain to fascinate the student, tourist, or anyone who seeks to know and understand Japanese culture, Japanese etiquette, and the history of Japan.
The Art of Cloning
Creative Production During China's Cultural Revolution
Paperback ISBN: 1784785202
Examines the Cultural Revolution in China, discussing how Chinese citizens experienced cultural freedom through intellectualism and artistic activities rather than the Western concept of freedom through individuality and consumerism.
How Values Shape Human Progress
Paperback ISBN: 0465031765
Probing the difficult questions of why some modern industrialized nations are more successful than others at providing basic freedoms and a decent standard of living to their people, the author looks to the cultural values underpinning societies, arguing that they are the key to understanding the success or failure of the "developed" nation. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.
The Good Body
Paperback ISBN: 0812974735
Addressing such issues as botox, bulimia, and breast implants, this provocative play explores the anguish, obsessions, and vulnerabilities of women as they reflect on their relationship with their bodies, from an aging magazine executive and her desperate pursuit of youth to an L.A. woman being surgically reconstructed by her plastic surgeon spouse. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.
A Cultural History of Our Age
Hardcover ISBN: 022617199x
How old are you? The more thought you bring to bear on the question, the harder it is to answer. For we age simultaneously in different ways: biologically, psychologically, socially. And we age within the larger framework of a culture, in the midst of a history that predates us and will outlast us. Looked at through that lens, many aspects of late modernity would suggest that we are older than ever, but Robert Pogue Harrison argues that we are also getting startlingly younger?in looks, mentality, and behavior. We live, he says, in an age of juvenescence. Like all of Robert Pogue Harrison's books, Juvenescence ranges brilliantly across cultures and history, tracing the ways that the spirits of youth and age have inflected each other from antiquity to the present. Drawing on the scientific concept of neotony, or the retention of juvenile characteristics through adulthood, and extending it into the cultural realm, Harrison argues that youth is essential for culture’s innovative drive and flashes of genius. At the same time, however, youth?which Harrison sees as more protracted than ever?is a luxury that requires the stability and wisdom of our elders and the institutions. ?While genius liberates the novelties of the future,
The Cultural Tool
Paperback ISBN: 0307473805
A bold and provocative study that presents language not as an innate component of the brain—as most linguists do—but as an essential tool unique to each culture worldwide. For years, the prevailing opinion among academics has been that language is embedded in our genes, existing as an innate and instinctual part of us. But linguist Daniel Everett argues that, like other tools, language was invented by humans and can be reinvented or lost. He shows how the evolution of different language forms—that is, different grammar—reflects how language is influenced by human societies and experiences, and how it expresses their great variety. For example, the Amazonian Pirahã put words together in ways that violate our long-held under-standing of how language works, and Pirahã grammar expresses complex ideas very differently than English grammar does. Drawing on the Wari' language of Brazil, Everett explains that speakers of all languages, in constructing their stories, omit things that all members of the culture understand. In addition, Everett discusses how some cultures can get by without words for numbers or counting, without verbs for “to say