9780521199148

Lost in Transition: Youth, Work, and Instability in Postindustrial Japan

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  • ISBN13:

    9780521199148

  • ISBN10:

    052119914X

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-11-08
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Summary

Lost in Transition tells the story of the "lost generation" that came of age in Japan's deep economic recession in the 1990s. The book argues that Japan is in the midst of profound changes that have had an especially strong impact on the young generation. The country's renowned "permanent employment system" has unraveled for young workers, only to be replaced by temporary and insecure forms of employment. The much-admired system of moving young people smoothly from school to work has frayed. The book argues that these changes in the very fabric of Japanese postwar institutions have loosened young people's attachment to school as the launching pad into the world of work and loosened their attachment to the workplace as a source of identity and security. The implications for the future of Japanese society - and the fault lines within it - loom large.

Table of Contents

List of Figuresp. vii
List of Tablesp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xix
The Lost Generationp. 1
The Historical Roots of Japanese School-Work Institutionsp. 34
The Importance of Ba, the Erosion of Bap. 63
Unraveling School-Employer Relationshipsp. 98
Networks of Advantage and Disadvantage for New Graduatesp. 119
Narratives of the New Mobilityp. 148
The Future of the Lost Generationp. 166
Referencesp. 189
Indexp. 197
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