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Japanese Bankers in the City of London Language, Culture and Identity in the Japanese Diaspora

By Junko Sakai Copyright 2000
    296 Pages
    by Routledge

    296 Pages
    by Routledge

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    The globalisation of the present day world economy means that more and more people are experiencing different cultures through their work. Focusing on the real experiences of workers in Japanese transnational finance companies, this book not only throws light on this specific case, but at the same time raises timely questions and insights into the newly-emerging multicultural work experience worldwide. Japanese Bankers in the City of London reflects on contemporary discussions in sociology, anthropology and cultural studies, of individual global movement and cultural interaction.

    1. Introduction2. Ambition and withdrawl - Japanese experience in the City3. The Japanese financial community and its people4. Segregation and languages of different work cultures5. Competing masculinities and contrasted femininities - gender relationships between cultures6. Floating identities between two imaginary worlds7. Beyond national boundaries8. Conclusion - possibilities of new cultural identities in transnational working experiences


    Junko Sakai

    '...offers a rare and welcome insight into the inner lives and psychology of Japanese bankers...Sakai delivers a rather unique anthropological interprestation of human narratives and life stories , displaying a rich tapestry of interwoven discourses that are accentuated by 'us' and 'them' remarks...The book is a fascinating read, and the subject is one of considerable practical and theoretical significance.' - Tomoko Hamada

    '[This] is the kind of book which stays with you after you have turned the final page, inviting you to reflect on your own multicultural experiences and your own notions of cultural identity' - The Japan Society