Social Class in Contemporary Japan: Structures, Sorting and Strategies

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-11-20
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Post-war Japan was often held up as the model example of the first mature industrial society outside the Western economy, and the first examples of "middle-mass" society. Today, and since the bursting of the economic bubble in the 1990's, the promises of Japan, Inc., seem far away.

Author Biography

Hiroshi Ishida is Professor of Sociology at the Institute of Social Sciences, University of Tokyo, Japan. David H. Slater is Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Japanese Studies at the Faculty of Liberal Arts and the Graduate School of Global Studies, Sophia University, Japan.

Table of Contents

List of figuresp. xi
List of tablesp. xii
Contributorsp. xiii
Series editors' prefacep. xv
Acknowledgementsp. xvii
Social class in Japanp. 1
Class structurep. 31
Does class matter in Japan? Demographics of class structure and class mobility from a comparative perspectivep. 33
Marriage as an association of social classes in a low fertility rate society: towards a new theory of social stratificationp. 57
Class sortingp. 85
From credential society to "learning capital" society: a rearticulation of class formation in Japanese education and societyp. 87
Social class and economic life chances in post-industrial Japan: the "lost generation"p. 114
Class socializationp. 135
The "new working class" of urban Japan: socialization and contradiction from middle school to the labor marketp. 137
What color is your parachute? The post-degree societyp. 170
Class strategiesp. 195
Motherhood and class: gender, class, and reproductive practices among Japanese single mothersp. 197
How ethnic minorities experience social mobility in Japan: an ethnographic study of Peruvian migrantsp. 221
Indexp. 239
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