Now in its fourth edition, An Introduction to Japanese Society remains essential reading for students of Japanese society. Internationally renowned scholar Yoshio Sugimoto uses both English and Japanese sources to update and expand upon his original narrative in this sophisticated yet highly readable text. This book explores the breadth and diversity of Japanese society, with chapters covering class, geographical and generational variation, work, education, gender, minorities, popular culture and the establishment. Updates include an exploration of the 'Cool Japan' phenomenon and the explosion of Japanese culture overseas. This edition also features the latest research into Japanese society, updated statistical data and coverage of recent events including the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, and the change in government. Written in a clear and engaging style, An Introduction to Japanese Society provides an insight into all aspects of a diverse and ever-evolving contemporary Japan.
Yoshio Sugimoto is Professor Emeritus in the School of Social Sciences and Communications at La Trobe University, Victoria.
1. The Japan phenomenon and the social sciences; 2. Class and stratification: an overview; 3. Geographical and generational variations; 4. Forms of work in cultural capitalism; 5. Diversity and unity in education; 6. Gender stratification and the family system; 7. 'Japaneseness', ethnicity, and minority groups; 8. Collusion and competition in the establishment; 9. Popular culture and everyday life; 10. Civil society and friendly authoritarianism.