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Japan's "International Youth": The Emergence of a New Class of Schoolchildren

by Roger Goodman, Goodman
     
 

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A striking aspect of Japan's growing international activity is the return home each year of thousands of children who have lived abroad as a result of their parents' work. Traditionally, it has been widely believed that these children were stigmatized and that they faced severe problems in adjusting to the realities of living in Japanese society. Drawing on his

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A striking aspect of Japan's growing international activity is the return home each year of thousands of children who have lived abroad as a result of their parents' work. Traditionally, it has been widely believed that these children were stigmatized and that they faced severe problems in adjusting to the realities of living in Japanese society. Drawing on his long-term fieldwork in one of the special schools set up to receive these children, this book is the first to challenge these ideas. Goodman argues that the convergence of several factors—particularly parental status and a powerful new political rhetoric stressing "internationalization"—is making these returnee children the vanguard of a new social elite.

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"It is apparent that Goodman has reviewed an impressive body of literature in researching the complexities of the institutional responses to the kikokushijo,"—International Journal of Comparative Sociology

Roger Goodman admirably documents the emergence of the kikokushijo in the social, cultural, and economic dynamics of post-war Japan....It is a fascinating story and it is apparent that Goodman has reviewed an impressive body of literature...."—International Journal of Contemporary Sociology

"Challenging and provocative....An excellent contribution not only to the field of Japanese studies but also to anthropology with its increasing interest in areas of urban modernization and industrialized capitalism."—Journal of Anthropological Research

"Provocative...[an] ambitious, thoughtful, and well-organized study."—American Anthropologist

"One of those rare books that provides the reader with more than the title promises. Using anthropological field research and an interdisciplinary analysis of major post-World War II writing on Japanese schooling, Roger Goodman has produced a penetrating book on school returnees who have studies overseas while accompanying their working parents abroad. In addition, the author provides a thoughtful and provocative exploration of such critical educational issues as social-class influences on school success, the role of culture in defining education values, interest-group politics, and educational equality for minority groups in Japan."—Monumenta Nipponica

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198278979
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/01/1993
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.69(d)

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