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Value without Fetish: Uno Kōzō’s Theory of ‘Pure Capitalism’ in Light of Marx’s Critique of Political Economy

Elena Louisa Lange. 2021. Value without Fetish: Uno Kōzō’s Theory of ‘Pure Capitalism’ in Light of Marx’s Critique of Political Economy. Leiden: Brill (Historical Materialism Book Series, 227).

Value without Fetish presents the first in-depth English-language study of the influential Japanese economist Uno Kōzō‘s (1897-1977) theory of ‘pure capitalism’ in the light of the method and object of Marx’s Critique of Political Economy. A close analysis of the theories of value, production and reproduction, and crisis in Uno’s central texts from the 1930s to the 1970s reveals his departure from Marx’s central insights about the fetish character of the capitalist mode of production – a departure that Lange shows can be traced back to the failed epistemology of value developed in Uno’s earliest writings. By disavowing the complex relation between value and fetish that structures Marx’s critique, Uno adopts the paradigms of neoclassical theories to present an apology rather than a critique of capitalism. Zur Verlagswebsite

Narratological Perspectives on Premodern Japanese Literature

Sebastian Balmes (ed.). 2020. Narratological Perspectives on Premodern Japanese Literature. Oldenburg: BIS-Verlag (BmE Special Issue 7), 299 pp.

This special issue comprises eight studies that deal with Japanese narratives from the tenth to the fifteenth century, including theater and painting, from a narratological point of view, revolving around discourse, character, and time. While narratology provides useful tools for analysis, some theories need to be revised in order to apply to Japanese texts. The papers in this volume contain several such proposals, but their focus lies first and foremost on examining characteristics of premodern Japanese narrative, which—compared to Western (medieval) literature—stands out through its elusive qualities. The special issue is equally aimed at an audience with a background in Japanese Studies and at scholars who take an interest in diachronic and intercultural narratology.

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Civil Society and the State in Democratic East Asia

David Chiavacci, Simona Grano und Julia Obinger (eds.). 2020. Civil Society and the State in Democratic East Asia. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. 330 S.

This volume focuses on the new and diversifying interactions between civil society and the state in contemporary East Asia by including cases of entanglement and contention in the three fully consolidated democracies in the area: Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. The book argues that all three countries have reached a new era of post high-growth and mature democracy, leading to new social anxieties and increasing normative diversity, which have direct repercussions on the relationship between the state and civil society. It introduces a comparative perspective in identifying and discussing similarities and differences in East Asia based on in-depth case studies in the fields of environmental issues, national identities as well as neoliberalism and social inclusion that go beyond the classic dichotomy of state vs "liberal" civil society.

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Japan 2020: Politik, Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft

David Chiavacci / Iris Wieczorek (Hrsg.). 2020. Japan 2020: Politik, Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft. München Iudicium (Jahrbuch der Vereinigung für Sozialwissenschaftliche Japanforschung), 346 S.

Die 43ste Ausgabe des Japan Jahrbuchs umfasst neben den drei Übersichtsbeiträgen zur Innenpolitik, Außenpolitik und Wirtschaft acht Beiträge, welche sich der Analyse so unterschiedlicher Themen wie dem Populismus, dem Tourismus, der Grünlandbewirtschaftung und der Mindestlohnbewegung widmen und somit unterschiedlichste Bereiche in der gegenwärtigen Entwicklung Japans abdecken. Zur Verlagswebsite

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