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Secrets, Sex, And Spectacle : The Rules of Scandal in Japan And the United States (Hardcover)

Author: West, Mark D.

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A leader of a global superpower is betrayed by his mistress, who makes public the sordid details of their secret affair. His wife stands by as he denies the charges. Debates over definitions of moral leadership ensue. Sound familiar? If you guessed Clinton and Lewinsky, try again. This incident involved former Japanese prime minister Sosuke Uno and a geisha.
In "Secrets, Sex, and Spectacle," Mark D. West organizes the seemingly random  worlds of Japanese and American scandal— from corporate  fraud to baseball cheaters, political corruption to celebrity  sexcapades— to explore well-ingrained similarities and contrasts in law and society. In Japan and the United States, legal and organizational rules tell us what kind of behavior is considered scandalous. When Japanese and American scandal stories differ, those rules— rules that define what’ s public and what’ s private, rules that protect injuries to dignity and honor, and rules about sex, to name a few— often help explain the differences. In the cases of Clinton and Uno, the rules help explain why the media didn’ t cover Uno’ s affair, why Uno’ s wife apologized on her husband’ s behalf, and why Uno— and not Clinton— resigned.
"Secrets, Sex, and Spectacle" offers a novel approach to viewing the phenomenon of scandal— one that will be applauded by anyone  who has obsessed over (or ridiculed) these public episodes.


Publisher Univ of Chicago Pr
Mfg Part# 9780226894089
SKU 202746408
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0226894088
Release Date 4/10/2007
Product Attributes
Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0404
Publisher University of Chicago Press
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