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The Growth Idea: Purpose and Prosperity in Postwar Japan

Scott O'Bryan


Our narratives of postwar Japan have long been cast in terms almost synonymous with the story of rapid economic growth. This book reinterprets this through an exploration of the history of growth as a set of discourses by which Japanese “growth performance” as “economic miracle” came to be articulated. The book traces the history of growth as an object of social scientific knowledge and as a new analytical paradigm that came to govern the terms by which Japanese understood their national purposes and imagined a newly materialist vision of social and individual prosperity. The book presents acc ... More

Keywords: postwar Japan, economic growth, full employment, prosperity, consumption, global economy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780824832827
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824832827.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Scott O'Bryan, author
Indiana University