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The failure of civil society: the third sector and the state in contemporary Japan
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Oriental Languages, Japanese Studies.
2009 (English)Book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The global discourse on civil society is both complicated and enriched in this participant study of Japan’s volunteers, known as the third sector. In the wake of the Japanese government’s failed response to the 1995 earthquake, volunteers took the lead in providing aid to victims. This recent sea change in Japanese society was quickly followed by the 1998 NPO Law (nonprofit organization law) that encourages third sector activities. Drawing on his fieldwork at one of the new NPOs, Akihiro Ogawa explores in detail the social and historical particularities of Japanese “civil society” or shimin shakai, revisiting how the concept is interpreted and practiced by the volunteers themselves. Civil society, Ogawa argues, can best be understood as an active, dynamic process rather than as a static, abstract model.

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Albany, NY: State University of New York, 2009. , 271 p.
Keyword [en]
Japan, civil society, third sector, NPOs, volunteerism social movements
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Specific Languages Social Anthropology Sociology Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
Research subject
Social Anthropology
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-26612ISBN: 978-0-7914-9396-0ISBN: 978-0-7914-9395-3OAI: diva2:210728

Japan NPO Research Association Book Award (2010)

Available from: 2009-04-04 Created: 2009-04-04 Last updated: 2014-01-10Bibliographically approved

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