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Law and social change in postwar Japan / Frank K. Upham

Main Author Upham, Frank K. Country Estados Unidos. Publication Cambridge : Harvard University Press, 1987 Description X, 269 p. ; 24 cm ISBN 0-674-51786-5
CDU 347(52)
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Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • 1 Models of Law and Social Change
  • Two Western Models
  • Pollution in Minamata
  • The Government's Response
  • Historical and Social Context of the Pollution Experience
  • 3 Instrumental Violence and the Struggle for Buraku Liberation
  • Development of the Buraku Liberation Movement
  • The Yata Denunciation
  • The Social and Political Role of Civil Rights Litigation
  • A Japanese Model
  • 4 Civil Rights Litigation and the Search for Equal Employment Opportunity
  • 2 Environmental Tragedy and Response
  • The Choice of Tactics
  • Denunciation Tactics in Court
  • The Theory and Effectiveness of Denunciation
  • Denunciation in Social and Political Context
  • The Litigation Campaign
  • Impact of the Cases
  • 5 Legal Informality and Industrial Policy
  • The Oil Cartel Cases
  • 6 Toward a New Perspective on Japanese Law
  • The Ideology of Law in Japanese Society
  • The Operation of Law in Japanese Society
  • American Images of Japanese Law
  • Notes
  • Index
  • The Implications of Informality
  • The Legal Framework of Industrial Policy
  • The Sumitomo Metals Incident
  • Industrial Policy in the 1980s

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Although it is recognized that a legal system responds to societal change, there is a great deal of controversy as to whether law can induce such change. Upham's book examines the way in which political elites use legal rules and institutions to manage and direct conflict and to control change in Japan. The social conflict among organized groups described by the author include pollution victims as a group against polluting firms; minorities demanding social equality against the majority; women workers protesting discriminatory employment practices; and one industrial sector against another in the formation of national economic policy. Most of the book describes and analyzes such conflict, and focuses on the role of law and governmental effort to direct and manage the concomitant pressures for change. The Japanese model of law, based on the ideology of consensus, illustrates the elite's attempt to retain some measure of control over the process of social conflict and change. This model also demonstrates how disaffected groups and leaders can use legal mechanisms to induce change. A good addition to the sociology of comparative law. Upper-division undergraduates and above.-D.A. Chekki, University of Winnipeg

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