Shinohata : A Portrait of a Japanese Village

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Ronald Dore offers the reader insight into the changing rural life of Japan in this fascinating study of a village some 100 miles from Tokyo where he lived first in 1955 and again in the early 1970s. A new Afterword reports on the acceleration of change to a once self-sufficient community most of whose young men now commute to city jobs instead of working the land. Dore comments on the effects of the 1993 election - Shinohata in a non-LDP-governed Japan.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 332 pages
  • 133 x 203 x 19mm | 54g
  • Berkerley, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Ill.
  • 0520086287
  • 9780520086289
  • 2,655,637

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'An English authority's subtle and meticulous account of life in a small and newly prosperous Japanese village during the last twenty years... The details are fascinating: from the history of toilets to the techniques of rice-planting and the rise of family discussions.' - Todd Gitlin, The Nation
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Review quote

"An affectionately ironic portrait. . . . The subtle shifts in the relation of family members, of superiors and inferiors, of men and nature, are here captured with wisdom and gracefulness of language. . . . The most penetrating look at a Japanese village ever done in English."--"Asia Magazine
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About Ronald Philip Dore

Ronald Dore is a Fellow of the Institute of Development Studies at Sussex and a Fellow of the British Academy. Among his many books is British Factory/Japanese Factory (California, updated edition 1990).
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