This classic study on the sociology of Japan remains the only in-depth treatment of the Japanese middle class. Now in a fiftieth-anniversary edition that includes a new foreword by William W. Kelly, this seminal work paints a rich and complex picture of the life of the salaryman and his family. Tracing the rapid postwar economic growth that led to hiring large numbers of workers who were provided lifelong employment, the authors show how this phenomenon led to a new class that set the dominant pattern of social life that influenced even those who could not share it, a pattern that remains fundamental to Japanese society today.
Ezra F. Vogel is the Henry Ford II Professor of Social Sciences Emeritus at Harvard University. Suzanne Hall Vogel (1931-2012) was a psychotherapist with University Health Services at Harvard University. William W. Kelly is professor of anthropology and Sumitomo Professor of Japanese Studies at Yale University.
Foreword: Looking Backward at a Book That Looked Forward William W. Kelly Part I: The Significance of Salary Chapter 1: The Problem and Its Setting Chapter 2: The Bureaucratic Setting in Perspective Chapter 3: The Gateway to Salary: Infernal Entrance Examinations Part II: The Family and Other Social Systems Chapter 4: The Consumer's "Bright New Life" Chapter 5: Families View Their Government Chapter 6: Community Relationships Chapter 7: Basic Values Part III: Internal Family Processes Chapter 8: The Decline of the Ie Ideal Chapter 9: The Division of Labor in the Home Chapter 10: Authority in the Family Chapter 11: Family Solidarity Chapter 12: Child-Rearing Part IV: Mamachi in Perspective Chapter 13: Order Amidst Rapid Social Change Part V: Mamachi Revisited Chapter 14: Beyond Salary Chapter 15: Beyond Success: Mamachi Thirty Years Later Afterword Ezra F. Vogel Appendix: A Report on the Field Work Selected Bibliography