Kamikaze Biker: Anomy and Parody in the Affluent Society

Kamikaze Biker: Anomy and Parody in the Affluent Society

By: Ikuya Sato (author), Gerald D. Suttles (foreword_author)Hardback

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In this firsthand account of high-risk car and motorcycle racing in Japan, Ikuya Sato shows how affluence and consumerism have spawned various experimental and deviant life-styles among youth. Kamikaze Biker offers an intriguing look at a form of delinquency in a country traditionally thought to be devoid of social problems. "Ikuya Sato's Kamikaze Biker is an exceptionally fine ethnographic analysis of a recurrent form of Japanese collective youth deviance...Sato has contributed a work of value to a wide range of scholarly audiences."--Jack Katz, Contemporary Sociology "A must for anyone interested in Japan, juvenile delinquency and/or youth behavior in general, or the impact of affluence on society."--Choice "The volume provides a sophisticated ...discussion of changes happening in Japanese society in the early 1980s. As such, it serves as a window on the 1990s and beyond."--Ross Mouer, Asian Studies Review "Kamikaze Biker is a superlative study, one that might help liberate American social science from the simplistic notion that behavior not directly contributing to economic productivity should be summarily dismissed as 'dangerous' and 'deviant.' "--Los Angeles Times Book Review

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  • publication date: 01/05/1991
  • ISBN13: 9780226735252
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 295
  • ID: 9780226735252
  • weight: 594
  • ISBN10: 0226735257

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