Demographic Change and the Family in Japan's Aging Society

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A demographic and ethnographic exploration of how the aging Japanese society is affecting the family.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791456507
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Series: SUNY Series in Aging and Culture
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

John W. Traphagan is Assistant Professor of Japanese Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of Taming Oblivion: Aging Bodies and the Fear of Senility in Japan, published by SUNY Press, and the coeditor (with Kiyotaka Aoyagi and Peter J. M. Nas) of Toward Sustainable Cities: Readings in the Anthropology of Urban Environments.

John Knight is Lecturer at the School of Anthropological Studies at Queen’s University Belfast. He is the editor of Natural Enemies: People-Wildlife Conflicts in Anthropological Perspective.

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Table of Contents



1. The Study of the Family in Japan: Integrating Anthropological and Demographic Approaches
John Knight and John W. Traphagan

Family and Living Arrangements

2. Changes in the Living Arrangements of Japanese Elderly: The Role of Demographic Factors
James M. Raymo and Toshiko Kaneda

3. Under One Roof: The Evolving Story of Three Generation Housing in Japan
Naomi Brown

Coping with Demographic Change

4. Generational Reengagements: Changing Demographic Patterns and the Revival of Intergenerational Contact in Japan
Leng Leng Thang

5. Depopulation in Rural Japan: “"Population Politics" in Towa-cho
Christopher S. Thompson

6. Repopulating the Village?
John Knight

7. Finding Common Ground: Family, Gender, and Burial in Contemporary Japan
Satsuki Kawano

Demographic Change and Aging

8. Trends in the Quantity and Quality of Life at Older Ages in Japan
Toshiko Kaneda and James M. Raymo

9. Parent Care and Shifting Family Obligations in Urban Japan
Brenda Robb Jenike

10. Contesting Coresidence: Women, In-laws, and Health Care in Rural Japan
John W. Traphagan


11. Demographic and Family Change: Problems and Solutions
Susan O. Long and C. Scott Littleton


Name Index

Subject Index

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