An Introduction to Japanese Society (Google eBook)

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Cambridge University Press, Jun 22, 2010 - Social Science - 285 pages
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Essential reading for students of Japanese society, An Introduction to Japanese Society now enters its third edition. Here, internationally renowned scholar, Yoshio Sugimoto, writes a sophisticated, yet highly readable and lucid text, using both English and Japanese sources to update and expand upon his original narrative. The book challenges the traditional notion that Japan comprises a uniform culture, and draws attention to its subcultural diversity and class competition. Covering all aspects of Japanese society, it includes chapters on class, geographical and generational variation, work, education, gender, minorities, popular culture and the establishment. This new edition features sections on: Japan's cultural capitalism; the decline of the conventional Japanese management model; the rise of the 'socially divided society' thesis; changes of government; the spread of manga, animation and Japan's popular culture overseas; and the expansion of civil society in Japan.
  

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Using it for a class
I actually like the book because it's simply phrased, and even if I'm not a Sociology major/interested it's easy to read the terms and have a different take on Japanese society
. If I didn't have to read it for a class I probably wouldn't have picked it up, but I'm glad I had the chance! 

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This book is a great primer on Japanese culture. It's interesting even if you've lived in Japan in the past, but accessible enough for someone who doesn't know much about Japan. The book also ... Read full review

Contents

1 The Japan Phenomenon and the Social Sciences
1
An Overview
37
3 Geographical and Generational Variations
61
4 Forms of Work in Cultural Capitalism
88
5 Diversity and Unity in Education
124
6 Gender Stratification and the Family System
156
7 Japaneseness Ethnicity and Minority Groups
189
8 Collusion and Competition in the Establishment
219
9 Popular Culture and Everyday Life
249
10 Civil Society and Friendly Authoritarianism
278
References
305
Index
326
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About the author (2010)

Yoshio Sugimoto is an Emeritus Professor in the School of Social Sciences, La Trobe University, Australia.

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