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Children of the Japanese State: The Changing Role of Child Protection Institutions in Contemporary Japan
     

Children of the Japanese State: The Changing Role of Child Protection Institutions in Contemporary Japan

by Roger Goodman
 

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In Japan today, over 30,000 children are in the care of the state. Drawing on his long-term fieldwork in an institution for such children, Roger Goodman describes what happens to them in a country with no professional social workers and little tradition of adopting or fostering children in need of care. He explains how, in the 1990s, the convergence of several

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In Japan today, over 30,000 children are in the care of the state. Drawing on his long-term fieldwork in an institution for such children, Roger Goodman describes what happens to them in a country with no professional social workers and little tradition of adopting or fostering children in need of care. He explains how, in the 1990s, the convergence of several factors—in particular, Japan's rapidly declining birth-rate, its signing of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, and its "discovery" of child abuse—led to a new role for child protection institutions. In the process, he provides the first full account in English of the development and delivery of child welfare in the world's second largest economy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198234227
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
06/28/2001
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.70(d)

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