Secrets, Sex, and Spectacle

Secrets, Sex, and Spectacle

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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 scandala€”from corporate fraud to baseball cheaters, political corruption to celebrity sexcapadesa€”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 rulesa€”rules that define whata€™s public and whata€™s private, rules that protect injuries to dignity and honor, and rules about sex, to name a fewa€”often help explain the differences. In the cases of Clinton and Uno, the rules help explain why the media didna€™t cover Unoa€™s affair, why Unoa€™s wife apologized on her husbanda€™s behalf, and why Unoa€”and not Clintona€”resigned. Secrets, Sex, and Spectacle offers a novel approach to viewing the phenomenon of scandala€”one that will be applauded by anyone who has obsessed over (or ridiculed) these public episodes.An abundance of a€œyes mena€ a€c An atmosphere in which employees took the path of least resistance, keeping problems secret rather than jeopardizing their ... to report defect claims to authorities and recall the Subaru New Legacy in 1996.

Title:Secrets, Sex, and Spectacle
Author:Mark D. West
Publisher:University of Chicago Press - 2008-09-15


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