A Sociology of Work in Japan
What shapes the decisions of employees to work in Japan? The authors of this comprehensive and up-to-date survey of the relationship between work and society in Japan argue that individual decisions about work can only be understood by considering the larger social context. Many factors combine to affect such choices, including the structuring of labor markets, social policy at the national and meso level and, of course, global inﬂuences, which have come increasingly to impinge on the organization of work and life generally. The analysis asks why the Japanese work such long hours, and why they are so committed to their ﬁrms, if this is indeed the case. By considering labor markets, social policy, and relationships between labor and management, the book offers penetrating insights into contemporary Japanese society and glimpses of what might happen in the future. Underlying the discussion is a challenge to the celebration of Japanese management practices which has dominated the literature for the last three decades. This is an important and groundbreaking book for students of sociology and economics. is Professor of Japanese Studies in the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics at Monash University. His publications include Images of Japanese Society: A Study in the Construction of Social Reality (1986). is Professor of Sociology at Waseda University, Tokyo. He is the author and editor of many books including Enterprise Unionism in Japan (1991) and The Human Face of Industrial Conﬂict in Post-war Japan (1999).
Contemporary Japanese Society
Editor: Yoshio Sugimoto, La Trobe University Advisory Editors: Harumi Befu, Stanford University Roger Goodman, Oxford University Michio Muramatsu, Kyoto University Wolfgang Seifert, Universit¨ t Heidelberg a Chizuko Ueno, University of Tokyo
Contemporary Japanese Society provides a comprehensive portrayal of modern Japan through the analysis of key aspects of Japanese society and culture, ranging from work and gender politics to science and technology. The series offers a balanced yet interpretive approach. Books are designed for a wide range of readers, from undergraduate beginners in Japanese studies to scholars and professionals. D. P. Martinez (ed.) The Worlds of Japanese Popular Culture 0 521 63128 9 hardback 0 521 63729 5 paperback Kaori Okano and Motonori Tsuchiya Education in Contemporary Japan: Inequality and Diversity 0 521 62252 2 hardback 0 521 62686 2 paperback Morris Low, Shigeru Nakayama and Hitoshi Yoshioka Science, Technology and Society in Contemporary Japan 0 521 65282 0 hardback 0 521 65425 4 paperback Roger Goodman (ed.) Family and Social Policy in Japan: Anthropological Approaches 0 521 81571 1 hardback 0 521 01635 5 paperback Yoshio Sugimoto An Introduction to Japanese Society (2nd edn) 0 521 82193 2 hardback 0 521 52925 5 paperback Vera Mackie Feminism in Modern Japan: Citizenship, Embodiment and Sexuality 0 521 82018 9 hardback 0 521 52719 8 paperback Nanette Gottlieb Language and Society in Japan 0 521 82577 6 hardback 0 521 53284 1 paperback
A Sociology of Work in Japan
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