Industry and Innovation: Selected Essays

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Psychology Press, 1990 - Political Science - 318 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

Editors Preface
3
Memoir of a Partnership by W O Henderson
11
The Wilkinsons and the Iron Trade
17
The Agricultural Activities of John Wilkinson
33
Dr Joseph Priestley John Wilkinson and the French
39
Entrepreneurs and Innovation in British
57
New Light on Richard Roberts Textile Engineer
75
John Galloway 18041894 Engineer of Manchester
99
The Birth of Modern Manchester
174
Manchesters Historian A Memoir of Arthur Redford
193
The Skilled Artisans during the Industrial Revolution
220
The Hungry Forties
232
Mrs Trollope and the Early Factory System
243
Trends in Fish Consumption
252
Monetary Standards and Imperial Trade
269
Select Bibliography of Professor Chaloners
301

Was there a Decline of the Industrial Spirit in Britain
122
Robert Owen Peter Drinkwater and the Early Factory
135
Manchester in the Latter Half of the Eighteenth
157

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