Understanding Japanese Society / Edition 3

Understanding Japanese Society / Edition 3

by Joy Hendry
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0415263832

ISBN-13: 9780415263832

Pub. Date: 05/28/2003

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

With Japan now often leading the way in the establishment of the new global order comes an ever more crucial need to understand a society that is fascinating, but often confusing to the outsider. The third edition of this classic text brings the understanding of Japan into a global context and questions the stereotyped impression of the Japanese often held by those in

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With Japan now often leading the way in the establishment of the new global order comes an ever more crucial need to understand a society that is fascinating, but often confusing to the outsider. The third edition of this classic text brings the understanding of Japan into a global context and questions the stereotyped impression of the Japanese often held by those in the rest of the world. Investigating Japanese society through the perspective of a local resident from childhood into adult life, Hendry brings her book fully up to date by covering all aspects of life in the early twenty-first century. She presents the effects on Japanese people of religious fanaticism, disaffection with politicians, the Kobe earthquake and the so-called 'lost-years' of economic recession, while simultaneously admiring the newly vitalised civil society which has emerged. By identifying a new acceptance of internal diversity, alongside a playful fascination with foreign fare, Understanding Japanese Society presents a more complex and positive view of Japan to counter balance the oft-reported picture of economic doom and seriousness. This book is an invaluable tool to students wishing to gain a comprehensive understanding of all aspects of Japanese society and culture. It will also enlighten those travellers and business people interested in learning more about the diverse life styles of the Japanese people.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415263832
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
05/28/2003
Series:
Nissan Institute/Routledge Japanese Studies Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

List of figuresix
Series Editor's Prefacexi
Preface to the third editionxiv
Acknowledgements for the third editionxvii
Introduction1
1Sources of Japanese identity: historical and mythological foundations of Japan5
2The house and family system25
3Socialisation and classification46
4Community and neighbourhood62
5The education system82
6Status, hierarchy and ethnic diversity101
7Religious influences126
8Ritual and the life cycle145
9Careers and continuity: opportunities for working life164
10Arts, entertainment and leisure187
11Government and the craft of politics212
12The legal system and social control231
Conclusion249
Index255

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