“Robert Bellah’s Organic Community”

November 24, 2011 6:30 PM (finished)

Amy Borovoy

(Associate Professor of East Asian Studies, Princeton University)

Date/Time November 24, 2011 6:30 PM
Location Room 549 5th floor, Akamon Sogo Kenkyu-to Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo  [map]
Abstract The talk will look at Robert Bellah's engagement with Japan, and particular with the work of Watsuji Tetsurō, in formulating his ideas about communitarianism and his critique of American liberal individualism.
Bio Borovoy is an anthropologist whose work focuses on postwar social democracy in Japan. Her first book The Too-Good Wife: Alcohol, Codependency, and the Politics of Nurturance (University of California Press), examined the problem of alcoholism and the language of "codependency” as it has been interpreted in Japan. She is currently at work on a manuscript which explores the uses of Japan as a laboratory for exploring alternatives to American liberal individualism in American social science. Borovoy has also written on hikikomori, eating disorders in Japan, and, most recently, in Dissent Magazine, the question of what Americans can learn from Japan’s family-based approach to the issue of abortion.