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Understanding Japanese Society

5th Edition

By Joy Hendry


368 pages | 67 B/W Illus.

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Paperback: 9780815385875
pub: 2019-07-31
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With the ever growing contact between Japan and the rest of the world comes an increasingly important need to understand a society that is fascinating but still often confusing to the outsider. In this brand new fifth edition of Understanding Japanese Society Joy Hendry brings the reader up-to-date both with recent changes as Japan as it continues to operate post-Fukushima, and with underlying continuities in ways of thinking that have matured over a long history of dealing with foreign influences and an unpredictable environment. 

This welcome new edition of Hendry’s bestselling introductory textbook provides a clear, accessible and readable introduction to Japanese society which does not require any previous knowledge of the country. Fully updated, revised and expanded, the fifth edition contains new material on:

  • the continued effects of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disasters of 2011
  • the changes in attitude towards international issues
  • the impact of globalization on Japan

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 the Japanese people.

Table of Contents


1. Sources of Japanese Identity

2. The House and Family System

3. Socialisation and Classification

4. Community and Neighbourhood

5. The Education System

6. Status, Hierarchy and Ethnic Diversity

7. Religious Influences

8. Ritual and the Life Cycle

9. Opportunities for Working Life

10. Arts, Entertainment and Leisure

11. Government and the Craft of Politics

12. The Legal System and Social Control


About the Author

Joy Hendry is Professor Emerita at Oxford Brookes University, UK.

About the Series

Nissan Institute/Routledge Japanese Studies

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General