368 pages | 67 B/W Illus.
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:
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.
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