African American Political Thought: Capitalism vs. collectivism, 1945 to the present

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Taylor & Francis, 2003 - Political Science - 414 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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This book is, not only overpriced, but lacks the concrete standing and backbone the title mistakenly claims. Marcus D. Pohlmann delves into a world he is ill-prepared to unravel. Placing notable and popular Black minds into one kettle, stirring it and neatly lining them up in alphabetical order is no guarantee you will earn brownie points in the African community. This is something most whites who attempt to write on the status of African american political thought fall short; and Mr. Pohlmann has fallen and can't get up. 

Contents

Unsheathing the Consumer Sword 1946
2
Interpretations
16
Speech to Senate Permanent
39
Communism
63
On Worldwide Trend toward Socialism
81
You Are Really Saying Im Not Going to Take It Any Longer
86
Showdown for Nonviolence
99
A Religious Conversion More or Less
118
Looking Forward
196
The Background
217
A WorkingCiass
242
Toward A Socialist America
269
The Hidden Agenda
278
A New Approach to Job Creation
303
Black Dignity and the Common Good
321
The Role of Land and AfricanCentered Values in Black
341

What Is Happening Now?
133
James Baldwin
157
Black Capitalism ReAnalyzed
179
Preface to Do the Right Thing
361
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