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Author Kage, Rieko, 1973-
Title Civic engagement in postwar Japan : the revival of a defeated society / Rieko Kage.
Imprint Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011.

Author Kage, Rieko, 1973-
Subject Civil society -- Japan -- History -- 20th century.
Postwar reconstruction -- Japan -- Citizen participation.
Political participation -- Japan -- History -- 20th century.
Japan -- Politics and government -- 1945-1989.
Description 1 online resource (xv, 195 pages) : illustrations
polychrome rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 171-192) and index.
Summary "Despite reduced incomes, diminished opportunities for education, and the psychological trauma of defeat, Japan experienced a rapid rise in civic engagement in the immediate aftermath of World War II. Why? Civic Engagement in Postwar Japan answers this question with a new general theory of the growth in civic engagement in postwar democracies. It argues that wartime mobilization unintentionally instills civic skills in the citizenry, thus laying the groundwork for a postwar civic engagement boom. Meanwhile, legacies of prewar associational activities shape the costs of association-building and information-gathering, thus affecting the actual extent of the postwar boom. Combining original data collection, rigorous statistical methods, and in-depth historical case analyses, this book illuminates one of the keys to making postwar democracies work"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents Introduction -- Civic engagement: the dependent variable -- War and civic engagement: a theoretical framework -- Quantitative analysis: the rise of civic engagement across forty-six Japanese prefectures -- The long-term effects of wartime mobilization: cross-national analysis -- Repression and revivial of the YMCA Japan -- Wartime endorsement and postwar repression of a traditional art -- Civil society and reconstruction in postwar Japan.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9780511932885 (electronic bk.)
051193288X (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 695359560
Additional Format Print version: Kage, Rieko, 1973- Civic engagement in postwar Japan. Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011 9780521192576 (DLC) 2010030585 (OCoLC)649702273

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