Juvenile Delinquency in Japan: Reconsidering the Crisis

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Gesine Foljanty-Jost
BRILL, Jan 1, 2003 - Social Science - 275 pages
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How to explain juvenile delinquent behaviour in the Japan of the nineties? Are its reasons really fundamentally different from those in other societies? Juvenile Delinquency in Japan, written by leading Japanese and German scholars, for the first time looks comprehensively into the phenomenon. It does so from a variety of disciplines; law, sociology, education, and Japanese studies. Thus it explores the legal provisions, conditions of schooling, family life, and social change in society as a framework for understanding delinquent behaviour in Japanese high school students. It becomes clear that reasons for delinquency are the same in Japan as in other societies. Fundamentally different, however, are the high sensitivity to delinquent behaviour and the tremendous efforts to prevent nonconformist behaviour.
  

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Contents

The Japanese Triangle for Preventing Adolescent Delin
19
Public Perceptions and Discourse on Deviance
51
Changes in Values and Life Orientation among Japanese Youth
75
Changes in School Environment and DeviancyA Survey
91
Inequality in Family Background as a Reason for Juvenile
115
The Reform of the Japanese Education System as an Answer
143
The Debate about the Reform of the Juvenile Law in Japan
173
Counseling Systems as a Means of Preventing Delinquency
199
The Juvenile Training Schools of JapanTeaching Young
221
Problem Behavior and Social Control in Japans Junior High
253
List of Contributors
267
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Gesine Foljanty-Jost, Dr. phil (1986) in Political Science, Free University of Berlin, is Professor of Japanese Studies at Martin-Luther-University, Halle-Wittenberg. She has published extensively on Japanese policy-making and education.

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