The Journal of Japanese Studies
This essay explores the persuasive power of Takeo Doiís idea of amae. Doiís description of Japanese cultural psychology as rooted in sensitivity, innocence, and passivity allowed him to provide a comfortable return to the values of familiality, paternalism, and beneficent authority, in a way that could be embraceable in the context of postwar democracy. The essay situates Doiís ideas in the context of postwar liberalism and explores his engagement with Christian writers, whose ideals of humility and deference allowed Doi to link Japanese particularism with Western humanism. It also explores his analysis of Natsume Sōsekiís novels.
Volume 38, Number
2 (Summer 2012)