Japan's New Middle Class

Japan's New Middle Class

by Ezra F. Vogel
     
 

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This classic study on the sociology of Japan remains the only in-depth treatment of the Japanese middle class. Now in a fiftieth-anniversary edition that includes a new foreword by William W. Kelly, this seminal work paints a rich and complex picture of the life of the salaryman and his family.

In 1958, Suzanne and Ezra Vogel embedded themselves in a Tokyo

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This classic study on the sociology of Japan remains the only in-depth treatment of the Japanese middle class. Now in a fiftieth-anniversary edition that includes a new foreword by William W. Kelly, this seminal work paints a rich and complex picture of the life of the salaryman and his family.

In 1958, Suzanne and Ezra Vogel embedded themselves in a Tokyo suburb, living among and interviewing six middle-class families regularly for a year. Tracing the rapid postwar economic growth that led to hiring large numbers of workers who were provided lifelong employment, the authors show how this phenomenon led to a new social class—the salaried men and their families. It was a well-educated group that prepared their children rigorously for the same successful corporate or government jobs they held. Secure employment and a rising standard of living enabled this new middle class to set the dominant pattern of social life that influenced even those who could not share it, a pattern that remains fundamental to Japanese society today.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442221956
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
05/16/2013
Series:
Asia/Pacific/Perspectives Series
Edition description:
Third Edition
Pages:
372
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Ezra F. Vogel is the Henry Ford II Professor of Social Sciences Emeritus at Harvard University. Suzanne Hall Vogel (1931–2012) was a psychotherapist with University Health Services at Harvard University. William W. Kelly is professor of anthropology and Sumitomo Professor of Japanese Studies at Yale University.

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