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Understanding Japanese Society

5th Edition

By Joy Hendry

Routledge

316 pages | 68 B/W Illus.

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In this welcome brand new fifth edition of the bestselling textbook Understanding Japanese Society, Joy Hendry takes the reader into the heart of Japanese life.

Providing a clear and accessible introduction to Japanese ways of thinking, which does not require any previous knowledge of the country, this book explores Japanese society through the worlds of home, work, play, religion and ritual, covering a full range of life experiences, from childhood to old age. It also examines the diversity of people living in Japan, the effects of a growing number of new immigrants, and role of the longest-standing Japanese prime-minister Shinzo Abe. Fully updated, revised and expanded, the fifth edition contains new material on:

  • the continued effects of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disasters of 2011
  • local examples of care for nature and the environment
  • new perspectives on the role of women
  • Japan’s place in the context of globalisation .

Each chapter in this new edition also includes an exciting insert from scholars in the field, based on new and emerging research. This book will be invaluable to all students studying Japan. It will also enlighten those travellers and business people wishing to gain an understanding of Japanese people.

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. Sources of Japanese Identity

Clinton Godart: The Introduction of Modern Science and Technology

2. The House and Family System

Ayumi Sasagawa: Views of Housewives in Contemporary Japan

3. Socialisation and Classification

Emma E. Cook: Food Allergies, Illness and Personhood in Japan

4. Community and Neighbourhood

Yukifumi Makita: Rebuilding Community Life in Rural Japan

5. The Education System

Katsunobu Shimizu: Local government involvement with education

6. Status, Hierarchy and Ethnic Diversity

Jamie Coates: New Chinese socialities in Japan

7. Religious Influences

Sebastien Penmellen Boret: Buddhist lifelines during the aftermath of the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake

8. Ritual and the Life Cycle

Andrea De Antoni: Coping with the Spirits of Unsettled Death

9. Opportunities for Working Life

Swee-Lin Ho: Women with Professional Careers in Japan’s Male-Dominated Corporate World

10. Arts, Entertainment and Leisure

Carmen Săpunaru Tămaș: A Puff of Fairy Dust: Drag Queens of the Osaka Stage

11. Government and the Craft of Politics

John Breen: Contested Emperorship

12. The Legal System and Social Control in a Global World

Tom Gill: The Great Eastern Japan Disaster of 2011: How It Damaged Social Control and Social Trust

Conclusion

Bruce White: The World in Japan

About the Author

Joy Hendry is Professor Emerita of Oxford Brookes University, UK, has held visiting associations with Tokyo, Doshisha and Keio universities, carried out fieldwork over 40 years, and published many books and articles on the social anthropology of Japan. In 2017, she was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun by the Japanese government.

About the Series

Nissan Institute/Routledge Japanese Studies

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOC002010
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural
SOC026000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOC053000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies