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A Sociology of Work in Japan

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Part of Contemporary Japanese Society

  • Date Published: June 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521658454


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  • This comprehensive, introductory overview of the "world of work" in Japan recalls post-war Japan to analyze the development of industrial relations and the Japanese style of management. It considers the changes that took place in the early nineties when disillusionment set in and unemployment and economic insecurity became facts of life. The authors challenge the preeminence of Japanese management practices which have dominated the literature over the last three decades.

    • Comprehensive overview of the world of work in Japan
    • Challenge to literature which extolled the Japanese work ethic
    • Two authors, from Japan and Australia, offer insightful perspectives to students of sociology, economics and Japanese studies
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    "Rebick's analysis is masterfully institutional and his analysis is based on the most meticulous nalysis of primary and secondary labor data possible given the limits of data acces." - Mary C. Brinton, Harvard University

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    • Date Published: June 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521658454
    • length: 324 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 155 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.52kg
    • contains: 56 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures
    List of tables
    Note on transliteration, romanization and translation
    List of abbreviations
    Part I. A Context for Studying Work:
    1. The Japanese at work
    2. Toward a sociology of work in postwar Japan
    3. Competing models for understanding work in Japan
    Part II. The Commitment to Being at Work:
    4. Hours of work, labor-force participation and the work ethic
    Part III. Processing Labor Through Japan's Labor Markets:
    5. Change and challenge in the labor market
    6. Segmentation of the labor market
    Part IV. The Broader Social Policy Context for Understanding Choice at Work in Japan:
    7. From labor policy to social policy: a framework for understanding labor process in Japan at the national level 8. Social security and safety nets
    Part V. The Power Relations Shaping the Organization of Work in Japan:
    9. The state of the union movement in Japan
    10. Management organizations and the interests of employers
    Part VI. The Future:
    11. The future of work in Japan
    Author index
    General index.

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    • Working in Society
  • Authors

    Ross Mouer, Monash University, Victoria
    Ross Mouer is Professor of Japanese Studies in the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics at Monash University. His publications include Images of Japanese Society: A Study in the Construction of Social Reality (1986 with Yoshio Sugimoto).

    Hirosuke Kawanishi, Waseda University, Japan
    Kawanishi Hirosuke is Professor of Sociology at Waseda University, Tokyo. He is the author and editor of many books including Enterprise Unionism in Japan (1991) and The Human Face of Industrial Conflict in Post-war Japan (1999).

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