Japanese society since 1945 /
edited with an introduction by Edward R. Beauchamp.
New York : Garland, 1998.
viii, 344 p. ; 24 cm.
0815327293 (alk. paper)
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New York : Garland, 1998.
0815327293 (alk. paper)
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Volume II of a six-volume study of the history of contemporary Japan. Written by leading academicians, 20 essays cover topics including changes and continuities in Japan's culture, similarities and differences in Japanese and American life, the media and its role, the problem of the "graying" of Japanese society, the issue of long-term care and the very un-Japanese idea of nursing homes for the elderly, the relationship between marriage and names, mothers and children, the resolution of disputes, popular culture and sex roles, the transition from Hirohito's six decades of rule to that of a younger and more modern leader, and current social issues such as homelessness, child abuse, and juvenile crime.
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The best scholarship on the development of contemporary Japan This collection presents well over 100 scholarly articles on modern Japanese society, written by leading scholars in the field. These selections have been drawn from the most distinguished scholarly journals as well as from journals that are less well known among specialists; and the articles represent the best and most important scholarship on their particular topic. An understanding of the present through the lens of the past The field of modern Japan studies has grown steadily as Westerners have recognized the importance of Japan as a lading world economic force and an emerging regional power. The post-1945 economic success of the Japanese has, however, been achieved in the context of that nation's history, social structure, educational enterprise and political environment. It is impossible to understand the postwar economic miracle without an appreciation of these elements. Japan's economic emergence has broughtabout and in some cases, exacerbated already existing tensions, and these tensions have, in turn, had a significant impact on Japanese economic life. The series is designed to give readers a basic understanding of modern Japan-its institutions and its people-as we stand on the threshold of a new century, often referred to as "the Pacific Century".
Table of Contents
Volume Introduction
A Unique Nation?p. 1
The Invention and Reinvention of "Japanese Culture"p. 29
The Level of Living in Japan and the United States: A Long-Term International Comparisonp. 51
Media: Directing the Delugep. 76
Overcoming Fear of an Aged Populationp. 100
Care for the Elderly: Who Will Bear the Burden?p. 106
By Any Other Name: Marriage and Names in Contemporary Japanp. 117
Images of Conflict Resolution and Social Control: American and Japanese Attitudes Toward the Adversary Systemp. 137
Monitoring Motherhood: Sociocultural and Historical Aspects of Maternal and Child Health in Japanp. 153
Nursing Homes and Long-Term Care in Japanp. 180
The Last Confucian Sandwich: Becoming Middle Agedp. 193
Sex and Sex Rolesp. 207
Popular Culture in Modern Japanp. 237
Five Fatal Symptoms of the Japanese Diseasep. 254
Japan's Mainstream Press: Freedom to Conform?p. 261
A New Generation of Homeless Hits Tokyo's Streetsp. 273
Becoming Aware of Child Abusep. 285
Juvenile Crime in the 1990sp. 294
The Sociology of Jishuku and Kicho: The Death of Showa Tenno as a Reflection of the Structure of Contemporary Japanese Societyp. 305
Producing Mothersp. 321
Acknowledgmentsp. 343
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