Shinohata by Ronald Dore
A Portrait of a Japanese Village

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Not many foreigners have the chance to live in a Japanese village, certainly not foreigners who are sufficiently at home to do so as unobtrusively and intimately as the author of this book. Ronald Dore went to Shinohata twenty years ago when he was studying the land reform which broke the power of Japan's landlords. He went back many times thereafter to stay with friends.

Now he has distilled his memories, field notes, diaries, and some recent forays with a tape recorder into a book which brings to life the village and its people, and vividly portrays the stunning transformation of Japanese village life. Shinohatais a story of extraordinary change from the traditional values and relationships to typically modern pursuits and aspirations that accompanied the post-war prosperity. Ronald Dore's gift for combining a sympathetic, and often humorous, response to unique individuals with the sociologist's ability to discern and analyze patterns make this an unusual and fascinating book.
 

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Ronald P. Dore is a Fellow of the Institute of Development Studies at Sussex and a Fellow of the British Academy. A leading authority on contemporary Japan, he is the author of Land Reform in Japan, City Life in Japan, Aspects of Social Change in Modern Japan, Education in Tokugawa, Japan, British Factory/Japanese Factory, and The Diploma Disease.
 
Published May 1, 2013 by Pantheon. 322 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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This gracious and wise book should make Ronald Dore (Aspects of Social Change in Modern Japan, etc.) as well known to readers at large as he is to specialists, and place Shinohata alongside Ronald Blythe's Akenfield and Laurence Wylie's Village in the Vaucluse as a unique, universal village.

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