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Moderne am Ende: Lektürebericht zweier zeitgenössischer Dystopien


Steineck, Raji C (2011). Moderne am Ende: Lektürebericht zweier zeitgenössischer Dystopien. Asiatische Studien / Études Asiatiques, 65(2):439-453.

Abstract

Contemporary Japan has provoked many dystopian visions. This paper reviews two versions from the field of social / political criticism and from opposite sides of the political spectrum. Saeki Keishi’s Jiyū to minshushugi wo mō yameru (“We’ve had enough of freedom and democracy!”, 2008) depicts contemporary Japan as a country that is metaphysically failing as a result of its successful modernization and democratization, and exhorts its readers to revert to the famed “traditional values” in order to avert impending social and political disintegration. Mutsū bunmei (“Painless Civilization”, 2003) by Morioka Masahiro pictures a vision of how humanity, freedom and the joy of life are lost due to relentless welfare engineering and suggests that we return to a more authentic mode of life. In spite of their conspicuous differences in intent, substance, and moral agenda, both dystopias converge in their denials of the political as a mode of analysis and a frame of action.

Abstract

Contemporary Japan has provoked many dystopian visions. This paper reviews two versions from the field of social / political criticism and from opposite sides of the political spectrum. Saeki Keishi’s Jiyū to minshushugi wo mō yameru (“We’ve had enough of freedom and democracy!”, 2008) depicts contemporary Japan as a country that is metaphysically failing as a result of its successful modernization and democratization, and exhorts its readers to revert to the famed “traditional values” in order to avert impending social and political disintegration. Mutsū bunmei (“Painless Civilization”, 2003) by Morioka Masahiro pictures a vision of how humanity, freedom and the joy of life are lost due to relentless welfare engineering and suggests that we return to a more authentic mode of life. In spite of their conspicuous differences in intent, substance, and moral agenda, both dystopias converge in their denials of the political as a mode of analysis and a frame of action.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:Journals > Asiatische Studien / Études Asiatiques > Archive > 65 (2011) > 2
06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:950 History of Asia
180 Ancient, medieval & eastern philosophy
290 Other religions
Language:German
Date:2011
Deposited On:14 Nov 2011 13:09
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 15:06
Publisher:Schweizerische Asiengesellschaft / Verlag Peter Lang
ISSN:0004-4717

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