Fundamentals of Japanese Emotional Experience: Outer Relations, Inner Realities
Fundamentals of Japanese Emotional Experience: Outer Relations, Inner Realities is the result of a five-year study into Japanese emotional experience using various types of closed and open-ended questionnaires designed to elicit the basic nature of Japanese emotion terminology and to test for the causal and functional meaning contained in emotion terms across differing relationships and situations. Through an ethno-semantic analysis of a set of respondent-elicited emotion terms, emotion concepts were categorized and analyzed from varying perspectives, prototypical, semantic, situational, and relational, resulting in a comprehensive description of how, why, where and with whom varying Japanese emotional states manifest. Results also suggest both similarities to emotion lexicons from other cultures as well as aspects of emotion unique to the Japanese socio-cultural milieu. Detailed analyses are given in numerous tables and graphs picturing the meaning and relational structure of the Japanese emotion lexicon and subsequent explanations and discussions describe how various emotions 'play out' across the Japanese social landscape.
The Author...Richard E Bradshaw
Born in the Mission District of San Francisco, the author, Richard Bradshaw grew up in the high mountains of Colorado. spent sixteen years in Hawaii discovering experientially the meaning of multiculturalism, then lived in Japan for twenty-six years, teaching at universities and doing various kinds of cultural research in Japan and Southeast Asia. During his sojourn in Japan it became obvious to him that within the Japanese culture, emotion was used and expressed in ways differing from any 'Western' culture. After about fifteen years of being embedded in Japanese culture and teaching at Japanese universities the author embarked on a multiyear study of Japanese emotional experience using as his subjects students from three different universities. He was assisted in this endeavor by several university student research assistants who were both bilingual and bicultural, without whom this research and this volume would not have been possible. The author has an M.A. in Asian comparative religion and a PhD in social and cross-cultural psychology. 320 pages.
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