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The City as Subject: Seki Hajime and the Reinvention of Modern Osaka

Jeffrey Hanes


In exploring the career of Seki Hajime (1873–1935), who served as mayor of Japan's second-largest city, Osaka, this book traces the roots of social progressivism in prewar Japan. Seki, trained as a political economist in the late 1890s, when Japan was focused single-mindedly on “increasing industrial production,” distinguished himself early on as a people-centered, rather than state-centered, national economist. After three years of advanced study in Europe at the turn of the century, during which he engaged with Marxism and later steeped himself in the exciting new field of social economics, ... More

Keywords: social progressivism, prewar Japan, European study, Marxism, social economics, transnational movement

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780520228498
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520228498.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeffrey Hanes, author