An Introduction to Japanese Society / Edition 3

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An Introduction to Japanese Society is a provocative, insightful and accessible book that comprehensively examines contemporary Japanese society. It not only provides a thorough and critical analysis of the dominant view that groupism and homogeneity characterise Japanese society, but highlights Japan's internal variation and social stratification. The book covers a wide range of aspects of Japanese society, with chapters on class, geographical variation, generation, work, education, gender, minorities, popular culture, and the establishment. Yoshio Sugimoto contests the notion that Japanese society comprises an extremely uniform culture, drawing attention to its subcultural diversity and class competition. In offering a comparison with other countries, the book also explores the idea that subcultural groups may have similar characteristics in different societies. Sugimoto also examines what he calls "friendly authoritarianism" - the force behind the Japanese tendency to remain ostensibly faithful to their particular groups and organizations.
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'A valuable read for anyone wishing to gain an understanding of Japan beyond the platitudes and stereotypes that are often accepted without question.' BCCJ Acumen
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521705196
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/31/2010
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 672,577
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Yoshio Sugimoto is an Emeritus Professor in the School of Social Sciences, La Trobe University, Australia.
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Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Preface to the First Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
Map of Japan
1 The Japan Phenomenon and the Social Sciences 1
2 Class and Stratification: An Overview 35
3 Geographical and Generational Variations 60
4 Varieties in Work and Labor 86
5 Diversity and Unity in Education 115
6 Gender Stratification and the Family System 146
7 Minority Groups: Ethnicity and Discrimination 183
8 Collusion and Competition in the Establishment 212
9 Popular Culture and Everyday Life 244
10 Friendly Authoritarianism 271
References 286
Index 307
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