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Making Japanese Citizens: Civil Society and the Mythology of the Shimin in Postwar Japan

Simon Andrew Avenell


This book is an expansive history of the activists, intellectuals, and movements that played a crucial role in shaping civil society and civic thought throughout the broad sweep of Japan's postwar period. Weaving the analysis around the concept of shimin (citizen), the book traces the development of a new vision of citizenship based on political participation, self-reliance, popular nationalism, and commitment to daily life. It traces civic activism through six phases: the cultural associations of the 1940s and 1950s, the massive U.S.-Japan Security Treaty protests of 1960, the anti-Vietnam Wa ... More

Keywords: activists, intellectuals, movements, civil society, civic, Japan's postwar period, shimin, citizen, citizenship, political participation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780520262706
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520262706.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Simon Andrew Avenell, author