The Anatomy of Dependence.

Takeo Doi. This famous book describes at length the author’s concept of amae, which he describes as a uniquely Japanese need to be in good favor with and be able to depend on the people around oneself

Toshio Ohsako

2006

Scholarcy highlights

  • Takeo Doi. This famous book describes at length the author’s concept of amae, which he describes as a uniquely Japanese need to be in good favor with and be able to depend on the people around oneself
  • He likens it to children’s assumption that parents will indulge them, and describes the Japanese ideal relationship as that of parent-child, emphasizing that all relationships strive for this closeness and protection though such an embrace does to some extent crush initiative and individuality
  • The rich, semantic meaning attached to the term does differentiate
  • The ideas that organize Bestor’s book are here used to define a Japanese food industry which is no more or no less socially embedded than any other complex economic institution in any other society

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