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"This is a splendid book, and the research--unusually challenging in both its nature and its scope--is strong. Laura Hein introduces us to the lives and work of an influential group of mid-20th century Japanese economists and to the rise of social-science thinking in modern Japan. She conveys in vivid detail a number of developments that highlight the complex nature of the country's modernity."
—John Dower, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

"Laura Hein has given us a very valuable contribution to the history of social sciences in Japan, especially the history of economics as a social science, and most of all as a demonstration of the salience of Marxism in economic thought on the left across decades from the late 1920s through the 1970s. . . . She writes invitingly and engagingly."
—Andrew E. Barshay, University of California, Berkeley

Chapter List

The Ouchi Group
1. Introduction: Making a Difference in the World
2. Professionalization and Politics
3. Reckoning with the State
4. Making Peace Work
6. Taming the Contradictions of Capitalism
7. Consumption and the Democratic Household
8. Thinking Globally, Acting Locally: The Tokyo Governorship
9. Conclusion: Remembering the Ouchi Group and Twentieth-Century Japan
Selected Bibliography

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