Solidarity and Mutual Aid in Modern and Contemporary Japan (1600–2020)
EFEO, FRIJ-MFJ, TUFS organizes the workshop "Solidarity and Mutual Aid in Modern and Contemporary Japan (1600–2020)''.
📅 31th March 9:30–18:00
Mutual aid in Japan, whether within communities, small or large, whether religious or not, has been the subject of much research by historians, anthropologists and sociologists. Historical, sociological or ethnographic observations, or more broadly, scientific production on this subject has sometimes even been mixed or accompanied by more identitarian or political discourse presenting this mutual aid as one of the cultural characteristics of the archipelago, at the center of the formation of social ties. With the advent of the nation-state following the restoration of the Meiji, scholars and politicians have also thought about the question of solidarity, linked to the broader, and also new, concept of society. The practices and conception of community self-help were then integrated into the various dimensions of solidarity, whether primary or secondary, for example. Mutual aid, whether in scholarly or political discourse, could then be opposed or placed in a relationship of subordination or domination to certain forms of solidarity, based, for example, on modern law and the development of the social state. This multidisciplinary workshop will thus attempt to approach mutual aid and solidarity through a certain number of research questions in the long history of Japan since the Edo period.