The American Experience in World War II: The United States and the road to war in Europe

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Taylor & Francis, 2003 - History - 352 pages
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The popular image of Japanese society is a steroetypical one - that of a people characterised by a coherent set of thought and behaviour patterns, applying to all Japanese and transcending time. Ross Mouer and Yoshio Sugimoto found this image quite incongruous during their research for this book in Japan. They ask whether this steroetype of the Japanese is not only generated by foreigners but by the Japanese themselves.

This is likely to be a controversial book as it does not contribute to the continuing mythologising of Japan and the Japanese. The book examines contemporary images of Japanese society by surveying an extensive sample of popular and academic literature on Japan. After tracing the development of "holistic" theories about the Japanese, commonly referred to as the "group model", attention is focused on the evaluation of that image. Empirical evidence contrary to this model is discussed and methodological lacunae are cited. A "sociology of Japanology" is also presented.

In pursuit of other visions of Japanese society, the authors argue that certain aspects of Japanese behaviour can be explained by considering Japanese society as the exact inverse of the portayal provided by the group model. The authors also present a multi-dimensional model of social stratification, arguing that much of the variation in Japanese behaviour can be understood within the framework as having universal equivalence.

 

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Contents

The United States Remembers
1
Creating an Atmosphere for Alliance
22
The True Glory and the Failure of AngloAmerican Film
41
The Bureau of Intelligences Criticism
56
The Pearl Harbor Attack on Film
72
Fifty Years of Images of Japan
79
The Cultural Hero in the World War II Fantasy Film
94
South Pacific and American Remembering or Josh Were Going
107
Steven Speilbergs Representation of the Holocaust
147
Private Ryan and Its Critics
166
Film Propaganda in Black and White
174
Racism and the World War Two Documentary
200
Steven Speilbergs American DreamWorks
231
Culture Power and Mission to Moscow Film and Soviet Relations
261
The Holocaust in American Popular Culture
291
Acknowledgments
307

Remembering The Pawnbroker
123

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