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An Introduction to Japanese Society

5th Edition


  • Date Published: November 2020
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108724746

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  • An Introduction to Japanese Society provides a highly readable introduction to Japanese society by internationally renowned scholar Yoshio Sugimoto. Taking a sociological approach, the text examines the multifaceted nature of contemporary Japanese society with chapters covering class, geographical and generational variation, work, education, gender, ethnicity, religion, popular culture, and the establishment. This edition begins with a new historical introduction placing the sociological analysis of contemporary Japan in context, and includes a new chapter on religion and belief systems. Comprehensively revised to include current research and statistics, the text covers changes to the labor market, evolving conceptions of family and gender, demographic shifts in an aging society, and the emergence of new social movements. Each chapter now contains illustrative case examples, research questions, recommended further readings and useful online resources. Written in a lively and engaging style, An Introduction to Japanese Society remains essential reading for all students of Japanese society.

    • To match contemporary teaching syllabi, the text now includes a brief historical introduction to Japan and a chapter on religion and belief systems
    • The engaging discussion encourages students to develop an understanding of the complexity and multifaceted nature of Japanese society
    • Student learning is scaffolded through the inclusion of case examples and video examples, research questions, suggested further readings and online resources
    • Instructors will find additional reflection questions and research questions on the companion website, which can be utilized in online learning
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    Product details

    • Edition: 5th Edition
    • Date Published: November 2020
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108724746
    • length: 414 pages
    • dimensions: 240 x 170 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.7kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Historical backdrop: disintegration and restoration
    2. The Japan phenomenon: analysis and understanding
    3. Class: stratification and disparity
    4. Generations and geography: variations in an aging society
    5. Work: 'Japanese-style' management and cultural capitalism
    6. Education: diversity and unity
    7. Gender and family: challenges to ideology
    8. Ethnicity and Japaneseness: defining the nation
    9. The establishment: competition and collusion
    10. Religion: belief and secularization
    11. Culture: the popular and the cool
    12. Civil society: activism and friendly authoritarianism.

  • Author

    Yoshio Sugimoto, La Trobe University, Victoria
    Yoshio Sugimoto is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Social Inquiry at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia.

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