The Logic of Conformity: Japan's Entry into International Society

The Logic of Conformity: Japan's Entry into International Society

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By Tomoko T. Okagaki
Japan and Global Society
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division © 2013
World Rights
208 Pages
ISBN 9781442641884
Published Jul 2013
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In The Logic of Conformity, Tomoko T. Okagaki examines Japan’s entry into the European state system in the late nineteenth century. Okagaki focuses on the extraordinary degree of conformity that Japan demonstrated in accommodating itself to Western norms of international relations within a very short period of time. By introducing a political science perspective to the study of Japan’s modernization, which has heretofore been studied mostly as a historical subject, she emphasizes the significance of contextual factors that constrained the ways in which Japan entered international society.

As Okagaki shows, while the international system defined the mode of Japan’s socialization in many ways, Japan’s entry also symbolized a transformation of the international system from that of Euro-dominance to legal equality. A sophisticated and significant contribution to the literature on state building and the history of international relations, The Logic of Conformity is a fascinating study of how the concept of sovereignty is reshaped by the entrance of newcomers.

Tomoko T. Okagaki is a professor of International Politics in the Faculty of Law at Dokkyo University.

Author's Note

Part 1. The Framework of Analysis

Chapter I. Introduction: Explaining Japan's Entry into the International System

Chapter II. State Socialisation and Institutionalisation of the International System

Part 2. The Process of Conformity

Chapter III. Adoption: Introduction of the Law Of Nations, 1853-1860s

Chapter IV. Absorption: "Civilisation and Enlightenment," 1870s

Chapter V. Adaptation: International Law as a Tool, 1880s-1899

Part 3. The Logic of Conformity

Chapter VI. Socialisation and Institutionalisation Dynamics

Chapter VII. Conclusion

Selected Bibliography

Sources in English

Sources in Japanese


‘This is a thought-provoking contribution to the study of Japanese history, political science, and international law. By juxtaposing the long-term domestic background with a selection of global theoretical models, Okagaki achieves a refreshing breath of perspective.’

Andrew Cobbing, International Journal vol 69:03:2014