Takara Kurashige



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  • Duty   University of the Ryukyus   Faculty of Education   Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Training Program   Professor  

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  • 1986.04

    University of the Ryukyus, Faculty of Education, Social Sciences, Professor  

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  • World Economy,Civics

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  • Humanities & Social Sciences / Sociology

  • Humanities & Social Sciences / Education on school subjects and primary/secondary education

  • Humanities & Social Sciences / Economic history

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  • Contents of Social Studies

  • Development Pattern of Countries

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  • Representational Characteristics of <i>Shakai</i> in Its Various Usage Patterns:

    TAKARA Kurashige

    Japanese Sociological Review ( The Japan Sociological Society )  67 ( 1 ) 73 - 88   2016 [ Peer Review Accepted ]

    Type of publication: Research paper (scientific journal)

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    <p>This study analyzes how the usage pattern of <i>shakai</i> (Japanese word meaning "society") has evolved over the years since the <i>Meiji</i> era. Similar to studies conducted in western European languages, this study aims to find historical evidence in the Japanese language for analyzing the different implications of the word "society." However, the purpose of this study is not to find conceptual particularity or immaturity in Japan but to interpret the historical process by which the usage pattern of the term society evolved worldwide. The representation of <i>shakai</i> as society has made it possible to imagine individual volunteer organizations, wide communication ranges, and normative paradigms for political practices. Since the beginning of the 20th century, the governmental redistribution system has been expected to subsume various aspects of a nation's living standard. The representation of <i>shakai</i> as an adjective (meaning "social") has been used for the image building of these aspects. The usage pattern of society has undergone worldwide development with intermingled representations, rather than having developed separately inside a specific country. Moreover, the prepositional representation of <i>shakai</i> could sympathize with the criticism of capitalism, because "capitalism" as a noun had also been used since the beginning of the 20th century.</p>