Incorporating a new expanded introduction. The continuing relevance of Ron Dore's classic study of Japanese urban life and social structures is widely accepted by urban sociologists and other social scientists concerned with the study of modern Japan.
SECTION I. INTRODUCTORY, 1. Aims and Limitations, 2. Shitayama–cho, SECTION II. LEVELS AND STANDARDS OF LIVING, 3. Some Sketches, 4. Houses and Apartment Blocks, 5. Family Income and Expenditure, 6. Health and Security, 7. Progress and Planning, SECTION III. THE FAMILY, 8. The Japanese Family System, 9. Household Composition in Shitayama–cho, 10. The ‘House’, 11. Husbands and Wives, SECTION IV. THE WIDER WORLD, 12. Getting on, 13. Political Attitudes, 14. Education, 15. Leisure, 16. Neighbours and Friends, 17. The Ward, SECTION V. RELIGION AND MORALITY, 18. Main Trends of Religious Development page, 19. The Local and the National Community, 20. Family Rites, 21. The Individual and the Kami, 22. Present–Day Religious Teachings, 23. Beliefs of ‘the Uncommitted’, 24. Society and the Individual, APPENDICES, Notes, Index