MA Thesis Available!

Simon Fraser University finally got around to uploading my MA thesis to their repository.  It is now available for download here.

As my abstract states:

Technics and Dialectics of the Information Society: Japanese Origins of Information Society Theory is a historical and theoretical analysis of the development of Japanese Information Society Theory from the origins of postwar Japanese capitalism to the present day. Making use of the methods of Political Economy and Critical Theory, it examines the contradictions of Japanese capitalism within a global context, and considers how Information Society Theory constituted both a strategy used by the Japanese capitalist class to overcome barriers to accumulation in the crisis of the late 1960s – early 1970s, and an ideology of legitimation, the utopian dimension of which points beyond the theory‟s own limitations to possibilities for a renewal of socialist politics. In its concluding section the thesis briefly considers how Information Society Theory adapted to address the changing circumstances of Japan following the bubble economy of the 1980s, and how it addressed the challenge of global neoliberalism.

Look back on what I wrote, the only point I find especially problematic is my argument in the conclusion that Japan’s residually Fordist-Keynesian capitalism could be pointing towards a trajectory of capitalist development that would actually diverge from the general tendency of transnational neoliberal capitalism.  In fact Japan’s likely entry into the Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership (TPP) suggests that the transnational faction of the Japanese capitalist class is gaining the advantage over Japanese national capital, and subsuming the country into the new order of the Transnational Capitalist Class (TCC).  In general, my analysis lacked an understanding of the rise of transnational capitalism, and the final chapter suffered because of it.

That being said, I think that the vast majority of the thesis is well written and theoretically sound.  Even the final chapter does an excellent job of charting the collapse of the Fordist-Keynesian order in Japan because of exogenous forces that had arisen in the world capitalist system.  If anyone reads it please post your impressions.


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