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Making Japanese CitizensCivil Society and the Mythology of the Shimin in Postwar Japan$
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Simon Andrew Avenell

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780520262706

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520262706.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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Making Japanese Citizens
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Simon Andrew Avenell

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520262706.003.0001

This book is a history of the activists, intellectuals, politicians, bureaucrats, and advocates who invoked and deployed the shimin idea and the civic movements and public programs in which it found form. The book has two aims: By retracing key movements of the postwar era, the book hopes to show how ideas have affected civic activism and, more broadly, the development of civil society in the country. Leading activists and their ideas helped shape both the mechanics of civic activism and the meanings participants and others attributed to it. And, secondly, the book uses the shimin idea and its manifestations in civic movements to scrutinize the motivations and aspirations fueling grassroots activism and progressive politics throughout the period.

Keywords:   activists, intellectuals, politicians, bureaucrats, advocates, shimin, civic movements, civic activism

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