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Japan's New Middle Class by Ezra F. Vogel

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442223714
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 07/16/2013
Series: Asia/Pacific/Perspectives Series
Edition description: Third Edition
Pages: 372
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Looking Backward at a Book That Looked Forward
William W. Kelly
Part I: The Significance of Salary
Chapter 1: The Problem and Its Setting
Chapter 2: The Bureaucratic Setting in Perspective
Chapter 3: The Gateway to Salary: Infernal Entrance Examinations
Part II: The Family and Other Social Systems
Chapter 4: The Consumer’s “Bright New Life”
Chapter 5: Families View Their Government
Chapter 6: Community Relationships
Chapter 7: Basic Values
Part III: Internal Family Processes
Chapter 8: The Decline of the Ie Ideal
Chapter 9: The Division of Labor in the Home
Chapter 10: Authority in the Family
Chapter 11: Family Solidarity
Chapter 12: Child-Rearing
Part IV: Mamachi in Perspective
Chapter 13: Order Amidst Rapid Social Change
Part V: Mamachi Revisited
Chapter 14: Beyond Salary
Chapter 15: Beyond Success: Mamachi Thirty Years Later
Ezra F. Vogel
Appendix: A Report on the Field Work
Selected Bibliography

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