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The Resource Creating a public : people and press in Meiji Japan, James L. Huffman

Creating a public : people and press in Meiji Japan, James L. Huffman

Label
Creating a public : people and press in Meiji Japan
Title
Creating a public
Title remainder
people and press in Meiji Japan
Statement of responsibility
James L. Huffman
Title variation
People and press in Meiji Japan
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
No institution did more to create a modern citizenry than the newspaper press of the Meiji period (1868-1912). Here was a collection of highly diverse, private voices that provided increasing numbers of readers - many millions by the end of the period - with both its fresh picture of the world and a changing sense of its own place in that world. Creating a Public is the first comprehensive history of Japan's early newspaper press to appear in English in more than half a century. Drawing on decades of research in newspaper articles and editorials, journalists' memoirs and essays, government documents and press analyses, it tells the story of Japan's newspaper press from its elitist beginnings just before the fall of the Tokugawa regime through its years as a shaper of a new political system in the 1880s to its emergence as a nationalistic, often sensational, medium early in the twentieth century. More than an institutional study, this work not only traces the evolution of the press' leading papers, their changing approaches to circulation, news, and advertising, and the personalities of their leading editors; it also examines the interplay between Japan's elite institutions and its rising urban working classes from a wholly new perspective - that of the press. What emerges is the transformation of Japan's commoners (minshu) from uninformed, disconnected subjects to active citizens in the national political process - a modern public. Conversely, minshu begin to play a decisive role in making Japan's newspapers livelier, more sensational, and more influential. As Huffman states in his Introduction: "The newspapers turned the people into citizens; the people turned the papers into mass media." In addition to providing new perspectives on Meiji society and political life, Creating a Public addresses themes important to the study of mass media around the world: the conflict between social responsibility and commercialization, the role of the press in spurring national development, the interplay between readers' tastes and editors' principles, the impact of sensationalism on national social and political life. Huffman raises these issues in a comparative context, relating the Meiji press to American and Japanese press systems at similar points of development. With its broad coverage of the press' role in modernizing Japan, Creating a Public will be of great interest to students of mass media in general as well as specialists of Japanese history
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DLC
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1941-
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Huffman, James L.
Dewey number
079/.52/0934
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PN5404
LC item number
.H78 1997
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Press
  • Press and politics
  • Journalism
  • Public interest
  • Japan
  • Nieuwsbladen
  • Journalistiek
  • História do jornalismo
  • Presse
  • Gesellschaft
  • Geschichte 1868-1912
  • Japan
  • História do jornalismo - Século 19 - Japão
  • Journalistiek
  • Nieuwsbladen
Label
Creating a public : people and press in Meiji Japan, James L. Huffman
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 511-543) and index
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volume
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
35927021
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 573 pages
Isbn
9780824818821
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
96048431
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)35927021
Label
Creating a public : people and press in Meiji Japan, James L. Huffman
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 511-543) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
35927021
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 573 pages
Isbn
9780824818821
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
96048431
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)35927021

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