While the consequences of low social order are well understood, the consequences of high social order are not. Yet perhaps nowhere in the world is social order so well developed as in Japan, which is highly organized, economically successful, and enjoys a safe society. However, Japan pays a price--the loss of personal freedom, and the inability to exploit its citizens' talents.In Order by Accident, Alan S. Miller and Satoshi Kanazawa discuss the consequences of high social order in Japan. They integrate a wide range of scholarship on Japan, ranging from studies by criminologists, to religious studies, to the most current social psychological studies. The results are sometimes startling and counterintuitive, since the same theory of social order explains equally well why Japan has an orderly society with low street crimes, but is plagued with problems such as white collar crime.
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Table of Contents
Part One: Theoretical Orientation
Social Order and Social Control: An Introduction
The Solidaristic Theory of Social Order
Part Two: Social Institutions
The Education System: Social Initiation
Work: A Continuation
Part 3: Nonintuitive Consequences
Crime Revisited: White-Collar Crimes
The Religious Landscape of Japan
Part 4: Speculations and Conclusions
The Emergence of Cooperative Social Institutions
Author Biography: Alan S. Miller is professor of behavioral science at Hokkaido University, Japan and is an affiliate associate professor of sociology at the University of Washington. He has worked for the Environmental Sciences wing of the Science Applications International Corporation. Miller holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Washington. He is the author of over 20 articles in peer-reviewed academic journals concerned with the areas of crime and deviant behavior, religion, and comparative social psychology. Satoshi Kanazawa is assistant professor of sociology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He has written widely in the areas of social psychology, political sociology, marriage and the family, criminology, macrosociology, mathematical sociology, theory, and methodology. His recent articles have appeared in American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, Social Forces, Journal of Politics, Sociological Theory, and Evolution and Human Behavior.