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Dualizm życia społecznego w kulturze japońskiej
Dualism of the social life in the Japanese culture

Author(s): Piotr Karendał
Subject(s): Anthropology, Social Sciences, Sociology, Culture and social structure , Nationalism Studies, Sociology of Culture
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Keywords: social life; Japanese culture; dualism

Summary/Abstract: A stereotypical Japanese citizen is perceived, from the European point of view, as a cold and calm person, who does not show any emotions in daily life, is subordinate to the group, to which he or she belongs, its requirements, and needs, and finally is obliged to be obedient. However, the picture of nation, which does not present any kind of individualistic behavior, seems to be false. Thus, where and when the Japanese can show individualistic behavior and act emotionally? In what kind of situations they have to bridle their true feelings and obey the will of the majority? The analysis of the characteristic Japanese concepts connected with what is inside and outside in social life, as well as accounts from those who witnessed the duality of Japanese soul, should provide an answer to the given questions.

  • Issue Year: 2015
  • Issue No: XIII
  • Page Range: 263-276
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: Polish