Alex Kerrâ€™s Dogs and Demons and the Problems of Contemporary Japan: A Review Note
Therese Burton and
Brian Dollery ()
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Therese Burton: University of New England
Journal of Interdisciplinary Economics, 2003, vol. 14, issue 3, 303-310
In his controversial new book Dogs and Demons: The Fall of Modern Japan , Alex Kerr (2001) maintains that modern Japan represents â€˜a case of failed modernizationâ€™ due to a deep-seated â€˜cultural malaiseâ€™ that arises â€˜because of a severe mismatch between Japanâ€™s bureaucratic systems and the realities of modern lifeâ€™. Kerr argues this thesis by means of examples drawn from the arts, culture, economics, politics and other aspects of contemporary Japan. This review note attempts to provide a critical examination of Kerrâ€™s economic arguments. We contend that he has radically overstated his case, ignored much existing critical literature on Nippon, and â€˜exoticisedâ€™ Japanese society unnecessarily.
Keywords: Dogs and Demons; Japan; Nihonjinron (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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