New e-book for free download: Kazuko Tsurumi, The Adventure of Ideas

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From:  Ronald Morse

ANNOUNCEMENT: NEW (2014) e-BOOK

 

AVAILABLE FOR FREE DOWNLOAD AT:

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Book Title: THE ADVENTURE OF IDEAS: A Collection of Essays on Patterns of Creativity & A Theory of Endogenous Development

by Kazuko TSURUMI

 

This collection of essays by Kazuko TSURUMI (1918-2006) covers her main English language writings between 1975 and 1995. These essays are generally not readily available in even the best library collections. Tsurumi’s earlier book, Social Change and the Individual: Japan before and after Defeat in World War II (Princeton University Press, 1970) brought together her major ideas and writings up to 1970. A complete guide to Tsurumi’s Japanese language writings can be found in the Appendix to this new e-book.

 

Tsurumi outlined the table of contents (see below) for this volume and selected the 10 essays that are included before she passed away in 2006. This included the contributions by Marion J. Levy, Jr., David Wessels and Tom Gill all of which have been updated. The other introductory material is new and only minor editorial changes have been made to Tsurumi’s original English language essays.

 

This e-book was prepared by Japanime Co. Ltd. as part of its ongoing educational activities.  Download for free at: http://www.japanime.com/tsurumi

 

A BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO KAZUKO TSURUMI

 

Kazuko TSRUMI (1918-2006) was a big picture Japanese social science theorist, but had a strong appreciation for hands-on grassroots research. She admired western social and political theory, but was preoccupied with developing a theory of change that took into consideration the special characteristics of late-comers to modernization like Japan and China. Tsurumi’s curiosity was eclectic: she experimented freely with Marxism, pragmatism, Buddhist philosophy and modern sociological theory – eventually integrating them all into her own mega-theory (mandala) of what matters when thinking about modernization and social change. She graduated from Tsuda College in March 1939, went on to Vassar College (M.A. in philosophy with honors in June 1941), and entered Columbia University before returning to Japan in 1942 at the outbreak of World War II.

 

In the period between the end of the war in 1945 and her return to America to resume her Ph.D. studies at Princeton University in the early 1960s, Tsurumi wrote widely on a variety of topics and was well on her way to becoming one of the most prominent women intellectuals in post-war Japan.

 

Between 1980 and 1995 (the period covered by the essays in this volume), Tsurumi’s career came into full bloom. At home in Japan, China, the U.S. and Europe, she was in high demand as a world-class scholar who brought a Japanese perspective to the issues of the times. The role of women in the modern world, protecting the environment, developing nations and industrialization, unleashing human creativity, and the importance of national cultures (all of the areas she had been writing about) were the themes around which she structured her busy career of teaching, speaking and consulting.

 

BOOK TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

Preface

 

KAZUKO TSURUMI: A TEACHER WITH FEW EQUALS by Marion J. Levy, Jr.

 

THE INTELLECTUAL JOURNEY OF KAZUKO TSURUMI

by Vanessa B. Ward, Noriko Ishii and Ronald A. Morse

 

KAZUKO TSURUMI: A PERSONAL APPRECIATION

by David Wessels

 

SECTION I: PATTERNS OF CREATIVITY

 

1. A Strategy for Peace: The Role of Women

2. Comparative Forms of Creativity Among Japanese Folklorists:

Origuchi Shinobu, Yanagita Kunio and Minakata Kumagusu

3. Forms of Creativity in Japanese Technology

4. New Lives: Some Case Studies in Minamata

Kazuko Tsurumi on Minakata Kumagusu by Tom Gill

5. The Minakata-Mandala: A Paradigm Change for the Future

 

SECTION II: A THEORY OF ENDOGENOUS DEVELOPMENT

 

An Introductory Comment by Kazuko Tsurumi

6. Aspects of Endogenous Development in Contemporary China and Japan

7. The Social Structure Aspects of Endogenous Development in Modern Japan

8. Religion and Endogenous Development in Modern Japan:

State Shintoism & Folk Beliefs

9. Animism and Science: Towards A Theory of Eco-Ethics

10. Yanagita Kunio's Work as a Model of Endogenous Development

 

APPENDIX

 

Kazuko Tsurumi: Education, Teaching, Awards & Publications

Japanese Language Reference Materials

 

 

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