Sociology Society Of Japan

Author: Kawamura
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317793196
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First published in 1994. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Pop Culture And The Everyday In Japan

Author: Katsuya Minamida
Publisher: Apollo Books
ISBN: 9781920901455
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In this study, a group of young Japanese sociologists scrutinizes the sociological foundations of the ways in which the Japanese people produce and consume cultural commodities and live their everyday lives surrounded by these products.

A Sociology Of Japanese Youth

Author: Roger Goodman
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 041566926X
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Over the past thirty years, whilst Japan has produced a diverse set of youth cultures which have had a major impact on popular culture across the globe, it has also developed a succession of youth problems which have led to major concerns within the country itself. Drawing on detailed empirical fieldwork, the authors of this volume set these issues in a clearly articulated âe~social constructionistâe(tm) framework, and put forth a sociology of Japanese youth problems which argues that there is a certain predictability about the way in which these problems are discovered, defined and dealt with. The chapters include case studies covering issues such as: Returnee children (kikokushijo) Compensated dating (enjo kÅ sai) Corporal punishment (taibatsu) Bullying (ijime) Child abuse (jidÅ gyakutai) The withdrawn youth (hikikomori) and NEETs (not in education, employment or training) By examining these various social problems collectively, A Sociology of Japanese Youth explains why particular youth problems appeared when they did and what lessons they can provide for the study of youth problems in other societies. This book will be of huge interest to students and scholars of Japanese society and culture, the sociology of Japan, Japanese anthropology and the comparative sociology of youth studies.

An Introduction To Japanese Society

Author: Yoshio Sugimoto
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1316214117
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Now in its fourth edition, An Introduction to Japanese Society remains essential reading for students of Japanese society. Internationally renowned scholar Yoshio Sugimoto uses both English and Japanese sources to update and expand upon his original narrative in this sophisticated yet highly readable text. This book explores the breadth and diversity of Japanese society, with chapters covering class, geographical and generational variation, work, education, gender, minorities, popular culture and the establishment. Updates include an exploration of the 'Cool Japan' phenomenon and the explosion of Japanese culture overseas. This edition also features the latest research into Japanese society, updated statistical data and coverage of recent events including the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, and the change in government. Written in a clear and engaging style, An Introduction to Japanese Society provides an insight into all aspects of a diverse and ever-evolving contemporary Japan.

Sociology Of Sport

Author: Kevin Young
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing
ISBN: 1786350491
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The Sociology of Sport has grown since its inception in the late 1950s and has become robust, and diverse. Many countries now boast strong scholars in the field and this volume reflects the fascinating research being done. This innovative volume is dedicated to a review of the state of the area by region.

Contemporary Japanese Sociology

Author: Jun Kobayashi
Publisher: SAGE Publications Pvt. Limited
ISBN: 9789386602626
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Japanese sociology emerged by inculcating concepts from European and American sociology. However, it evolved in its own way and has tried to theorize and empirically understand human experiences. Therefore, its accumulated knowledge and wisdom is expected to provide valuable lessons to the world at large. Contemporary Japanese Sociology aims at showcasing what Japanese sociology has attained and its expected future course. The editors of this unique collection have brought together the best and most challenging contributions in the field. The title is organized into two parts. The first part deals with empirical works. It focuses on social inequality in the global society—inequalities in education, occupation, income, family formation—and cultural activities in Japan, Asia, and the world. Japanese sociology has produced significant contributions based on theory-driven, rigorous empirical research. The second part deals with theoretical developments. It covers mathematical and rational choice sociology, two research streams that have dramatically developed in Japan. This part discusses problems of social dilemmas, social networks, and relative deprivation. Emphasis has been placed on ensuring the articles are cutting-edge in each field, to advance the understanding of fundamental social processes. The volumes aim to bridge Japanese sociology with sociology in the rest of the world, thereby broadening the sociological horizon. This will be published to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Japanese Association for Mathematical Sociology.

Language And Society In Japan

Author: Nanette Gottlieb
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521532846
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Language and Society in Japan deals with issues important to an understanding of language in Japan today, among them multilingualism, language and nationalism, and literacy and reading habits. It is organised around the theme of language and identity, in particular how language is used to construct national, international and personal identities. Contrary to popular stereotypes, Japanese is far from the only language used in Japan, and does not function in a vacuum, but comes with its own particular cultural implications. Language has played an important role in Japan's cultural and foreign policies, and language issues are intimately connected both with technological advance and with minority group experiences. Nanette Gottlieb is a leading authority in this field. This 2005 book builds on and develops her previous work, and promises to be essential reading for students, scholars, and all those wishing to understand the role played by language in Japanese society.

The Changing Role Of Law In Japan

Author: Dimitri Vanoverbeke
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
ISBN: 178347565X
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How has Japan managed to become one of the most important economic actors in the world, without the corresponding legal infrastructure usually associated with complex economic activities? The Changing Role of Law in Japan offers a comparative perspecti

Education Reform And Social Class In Japan

Author: Takehiko Kariya
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 0415556872
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Until the early 1990s, Japanese education was widely commended for achieving outstanding outcomes in global comparison. At the same time, it was frequently criticized for failing to cultivate 'individuality' and 'creativity' in students. Wide-ranging education reforms were enacted during the 1990s to remedy these perceived failings. However, as this book argues, the reforms produced a different outcome than intended, contributing to growing disparity in learning motivation and educational aspiration of students from different class backgrounds instead. Takehiko Kariya demonstrates by way of empirical sociological analysis that educational inequality in Japan has been expanding, and that a new mechanism of educational selection has begun to operate, which he calls the 'incentive divide'. Casting light on recent changes in Japanese society to critically reassess educational policy choices, this book's quantitative and qualitative analyses of the 'mass education society' in post-war Japan offer important insights also for understanding similar problems faced in other parts of the world at present. Translated into English for the first time, the Japanese language version of Education Reform and Social Class in Japan won the first Osaragi Jiro Prize for Commentary sponsored by the Asahi shinbun. This book will be of interest to students and scholars in the fields of Asian studies, Japanese studies, education, sociology and social policy.

Social Inequality In Japan

Author: Sawako Shirahase
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135934207
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Japan was the first Asian country to become a mature industrial society, and throughout the 1970s and the 1980s, was viewed as an ‘all-middle-class society’. However since the 1990s there have been growing doubts as to the real degree of social equality in Japan, particularly in the context of dramatic demographic shifts as the population ages whilst fertility levels continue to fall. This book compares Japan with America, Britain, Italy, France, Germany, Sweden and Taiwan in order to determine whether inequality really is a social problem in Japan. With a focus on impact demographic shifts, Sawako Shirahase examines female labour market participation, income inequality among households with children, the state of the family, generational change, single person households and income distribution among the aged, and asks whether increasing inequality and is uniquely Japanese, or if it is a social problem common across all of the societies included in this study. Crucially, this book shows that Japan is distinctive not in terms of the degree of inequality in the society, but rather, in how acutely inequality is perceived. Further, the data shows that Japan differs from the other countries examined in terms of the gender gap in both the labour market and the family, and in inequality among single-person households – single men and women, including lifelong bachelors and spinsters – and also among single parent households, who pay a heavy price for having deviated from the expected pattern of life in Japan. Drawing on extensive empirical data, this book will be of great interest to students and scholars interested in Japanese culture and society, Japanese studies and social policy more generally.