A Sociology of Japanese Youth: From Returnees to NEETs

Over the last thirty years, while Japan has produced a various set of teenybopper cultures that have had an incredible effect on pop culture around the globe, it has additionally constructed a succession of sweet sixteen difficulties that have resulted in significant issues in the nation itself. Drawing on designated empirical fieldwork, the authors of this quantity set those matters in a in actual fact articulated ‘social constructionist’ framework, and positioned forth a sociology of eastern formative years difficulties which argues that there's a yes predictability in regards to the approach within which those difficulties are came upon, outlined and dealt with.

The chapters contain case reports overlaying concerns such as:
• Returnee youngsters (kikokushijo)
• Compensated relationship (enjo kōsai)
• Corporal punishment (taibatsu)
• Bullying (ijime)
• baby abuse (jidō gyakutai)
• The withdrawn formative years (hikikomori) and
• NEETs (not in schooling, employment or training)

By reading those numerous social difficulties jointly, A Sociology of jap adolescence explains why specific adolescence difficulties seemed once they did and what classes they could supply for the research of adlescent difficulties in different societies.

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

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Although the phenomenon of bullying may well have existed at other periods (in some form), we propose that it was the conditions prevailing at particular points in time that led to certain cases being interpreted as indicators of serious social problems. Each episode of ‘panic’, therefore, came to be interpreted in terms of the larger debates and trends of the day, so that the salient solutions that were proposed addressed much broader concerns than bullying per se (for example, reforming the post-war education system).

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Whenever new categories are constructed, they assume a place in a subtle hierarchical structure: in the early 2000s, commentators on youth issues perceived a clear pecking order, with the hikikomori at the bottom, followed by NEETs only slightly above them; above the NEETs came freeters, who, in turn, were eclipsed in terms of status by the full-time-working seishain (Toivonen 2009: 122). In reality of course, social categories are vastly more complex than our brief examples are able to illustrate.

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