Capturing Contemporary Japan

Capturing Contemporary Japan

Author: Satsuki Kawano

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

ISBN: 9780824838706

Category: Social Science

Page: 376

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What are people’s life experiences in present-day Japan? This timely volume addresses fundamental questions vital to understanding Japan in the first decade of the twenty-first century. Its chapters collectively reveal a questioning of middle-class ideals once considered the essence of Japaneseness. In the postwar model household a man was expected to obtain a job at a major firm that offered life-long employment; his counterpart, the “professional” housewife, managed the domestic sphere and the children, who were educated in a system that provided a path to mainstream success. In the past twenty years, however, Japanese society has seen a sharp increase in precarious forms of employment, higher divorce rates, and a widening gap between haves and have-nots. Contributors draw on rich, nuanced fieldwork data collected during the 2000s to examine work, schooling, family and marital relations, child rearing, entertainment, lifestyle choices, community support, consumption and waste, material culture, well-being, aging, death and memorial rites, and sexuality. The voices in these pages vary widely: They include schoolchildren, teenagers, career women, unmarried women, young mothers, people with disabilities, small business owners, organic farmers, retirees, and the elderly.
Women and Family in Contemporary Japan
Language: en
Pages:
Authors: Susan D. Holloway
Categories: Psychology
Type: BOOK - Published: 2010-05-24 - Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Japanese women, singled out for their commitment to the role of housewife and mother, are now postponing marriage and bearing fewer children. Japan has become one of the least fertile and fastest aging countries in the world. Why are so many Japanese women opting out of family life? To answer
Civic Engagement in Contemporary Japan
Language: en
Pages: 300
Authors: Henk Vinken, Yuko Nishimura, Bruce L. J. White, Masayuki Deguchi
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2010-03-25 - Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

Civic engagement is a concept of action that has become part of common vocabulary, not only in the West but also in many other regions of the world as well. A growing, yet still small number of scholarly works has recently emerged showing how in Japan citizen activism, volunteering, and
Capturing Contemporary Japan
Language: en
Pages: 376
Authors: Satsuki Kawano, Glenda S. Roberts, Susan Orpett Long
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2014-08-31 - Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

What are people’s life experiences in present-day Japan? This timely volume addresses fundamental questions vital to understanding Japan in the first decade of the twenty-first century. Its chapters collectively reveal a questioning of middle-class ideals once considered the essence of Japaneseness. In the postwar model household a man was expected
Marriage in Contemporary Japan
Language: en
Pages: 176
Authors: Yoko Tokuhiro
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2009-09-25 - Publisher: Routledge

The phenomenon of bankonka – ‘postponement of marriage’ – is increasingly reported in contemporary Japanese media, clearly illustrating the changing patterns of modern lifestyles and attitudes towards marriage, personal obligation and ambition. This is the first book in recent years to explore the contemporary state of marriage in Japanese society.
Power in Contemporary Japan
Language: en
Pages: 263
Authors: Gill Steel
Categories: Political Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-06-27 - Publisher: Springer

This book discusses Japanese conceptions of power and presents a complex, nuanced look at how power operates in society and in politics. It rejects stereotypes that describe Japanese citizens as passive and apolitical, cemented into a vertically structured, group-oriented society and shows how citizens learn about power in the contexts