UDC 316.613

THE CONCEPT AND ROLE OF THE FACE IN EVERYDAY JAPANESE CULTURE

Stavropolsky Yuliy Vladimirovich
Saratov State University named after N. G. Chernyshevsky
Ph. D. (Sociology), Associate Professor of the General & Social Psychology Department

Abstract
Mentsu – an indigenous concept of face in the Japanese culture, which means the social image of a person to the extent the person conforms to his prescribed social role. The term "social role" should in this case be understood broadly, including its gender role. Researchers have previously pointed to the importance of the concept of mentsu as a key element in the consideration of the Japanese and the Japanese society, however, the whole modern psychological literature fully neglects the phenomenon of mentsu. In addition, even in those exceptional cases where the phenomenon of mentsu is accounted for, the analysis of the phenomenon of mentsu appears to be very limited in the aspect of its speculative theorizing, for the term "mentsu " is used to pass in the Japanese language for the English term "face", despite the existence of inherent differences between the two terms.

Keywords: cross-cultural, interpersonal, Japanese, need, people, psychological, research, social


Category: 22.00.00 Sociology

Article reference:
The concept and role of the face in everyday Japanese culture // Modern scientific researches and innovations. 2017. № 3 [Electronic journal]. URL: http://web.snauka.ru/en/issues/2017/03/78270

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