A Sociology of Japanese Youth: From Returnees to NEETs by Roger Goodman, Yuki Imoto, Tuukka Toivonen

By Roger Goodman, Yuki Imoto, Tuukka Toivonen

Over the earlier thirty years, when Japan has produced a various set of youngster cultures that have had a tremendous impression on pop culture around the globe, it has additionally constructed a succession of adlescent difficulties that have ended in significant issues in the kingdom itself. Drawing on targeted empirical fieldwork, the authors of this quantity set those concerns in a in actual fact articulated ‘social constructionist’ framework, and positioned forth a sociology of eastern early life difficulties which argues that there's a definite predictability concerning the manner during which those difficulties are chanced on, outlined and dealt with.

The chapters comprise case reports masking concerns such as:

Returnee young ones (kikokushijo)

Compensated relationship (enjo kōsai)

Corporal punishment (taibatsu)

Bullying (ijime)

Child abuse (jidō gyakutai)

The withdrawn formative years (hikikomori) and

NEETs (not in schooling, employment or training)

By analyzing those quite a few social difficulties jointly, A Sociology of jap adolescence explains why specific formative years difficulties seemed after they did and what classes they could offer for the research of stripling difficulties in different societies.

This publication should be of massive curiosity to scholars and students of jap society and tradition, the sociology of Japan, eastern anthropology and the comparative sociology of youngster studies.

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It is important, in any general formulation of youth problems, to avoid prescribing a ‘one-size-fits-all’ definition or age-range for ‘youth’, however convenient this may seem, since ‘youth’ is itself an ambiguous and changeable social category that is conceptualized differently according to context, period and situation (see our chapters on child abuse and NEETs Making sense of youth problems 17 for relevant examples). We therefore need to remain sensitive to the particular (and often implicit) definitions of ‘youth’, ‘children’ and ‘adults’ in each particular case, appreciating the fact that biological age rarely corresponds to social status.

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