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An Introduction to Japanese Society (3rd Edition) by Yoshio Sugimoto

By Yoshio Sugimoto

Crucial interpreting for college kids of jap society, An advent to eastern Society now enters its 3rd version. the following, across the world popular pupil, Yoshio Sugimoto, writes a cosmopolitan, but hugely readable and lucid textual content, utilizing either English and jap resources to replace and extend upon his unique narrative. The booklet demanding situations the normal thought that Japan contains a uniform tradition, and attracts realization to its subcultural range and sophistication festival. masking all facets of eastern society, it contains chapters on type, geographical and generational version, paintings, schooling, gender, minorities, pop culture and the institution. This re-creation beneficial properties sections on: Japan's cultural capitalism; the decline of the normal eastern administration version; the increase of the 'socially divided society' thesis; adjustments of presidency; the unfold of manga, animation and Japan's pop culture in another country; and the growth of civil society in Japan.

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6. McGray 2002. 22 An Introduction to Japanese Society completely exotic, foreign, and inscrutable nor is it fully cosmopolitan, trans-national, and trans-boundary, but it is a balanced mixture of both, to the extent that it proves of much benefit and interest to the expansion of Japan’s cultural capitalism. This process has unfolded alongside the main features of Nihonjinron. The assumption of Japanese homogeneity has hardly been questioned, and the traditional continuity and supremacy of Japanese culture has been underscored.

This book consists of four major themes. The first (Chapters 2 and 3) presents an overview of class and stratification in Japan, and of Japan’s demographic variation, preparatory to depicting Japanese society. The second (Chapters 4 and 5) addresses stratification based upon achievement criteria, such as occupation and education, and investigates 36 An Introduction to Japanese Society the degree of class reproduction in these spheres. The third theme (Chapters 6 and 7) is the way in which Japanese society is stratified on the basis of gender and ethnicity, two ascriptive criteria that are determined at birth and are generally unalterable thereafter.

5 Tachibanaki argues that the level of social inequality in Japanese society has increased so much that it ranks among the most 1 2 4 The most influential books which take this line are Nakane 1967, 1970, and 1978. 3 Reischauer 1977, pp. 161–2. Nakane 1970, p. 87. 5 Sato ¯ 2000. For a good analysis of the paradigm change, see Chiavacci 2008. 6 The new discourse has gained ground further since the worldwide financial crisis from 2008 onwards. All of a sudden, it is widely being argued that ‘the middle class society’ has collapsed and kakusa shakai (disparity society) has come into being.

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