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Social inequality in post-growth Japan : transformation during economic and demographic stagnation

Author: David Chiavacci; Carola Hommerich
Publisher: London : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2017. ©2017
Series: Routledge contemporary Japan series.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In recent decades Japan has changed from a strongly growing, economically sucessful nation regarded as a prime example of social equality and inclusion, to a nation with a stagnating economy, a shrinking population and a very high proportion of elderly people. Within this, new forms of inequality are emerging and deepening, and a new model of Japan as a 'gap society' (kakusa shakai) has become widely accepted. These  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Social inequality in post-growth Japan.
Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2017
(DLC) 2016003837
(OCoLC)943680313
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David Chiavacci; Carola Hommerich
ISBN: 9781317245346 1317245342 9781317245339 1317245334
OCLC Number: 958454531
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 304 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: Machine-generated contents note: pt. I Introduction --
1. After the banquet: New inequalities and their perception in Japan since the 1990s / Carol A Hommerich --
pt. II Creation of inequality and its perception in Japan --
2. Institutions and actors in the creation of social inequality: A rational choice approach to social inequality / Yoshimichi Sato --
3. The gap as threat: Status anxiety in the 'middle' / Carola Hommerich --
pt. III Labour market and employment system --
4. The "re-segmentation" of the Japanese labour market: Investigating the impact of industrial dynamics / Sebastien Lechevalier --
5. Does employment dualisation lead to political polarisation? Assessing the impact of labour market inequalities on political discourse in Japan / Steffen Heinrich --
6. Are labour union movements capable of solving the problems of the "gap society"? / Jun Imai --
pt. IV Welfare state and family --
7. Economic inequality among families with small children in Japan: Who provides welfare to children? / Sawako Shirahase --
8. Social policy responses to the 'gap society': The structural limitations of the Japanese welfare state and related official discourses since the 1990s / Harald Conrad --
9. The old and new welfare politics in Japan: Persisting obstacles to reform / Margarita Estevez-Abe --
pt. V Education and social mobility --
10. Understanding structural changes in inequality in Japanese education: From selection to choice / Takehiko Kariya --
11. Political discourse and education reforms concerning "equality of educational opportunity" / Akito Okada --
12. Trying to reduce inequalities in school: The academic discourse and the concept of 'effective schools' / Julia Canstein --
pt. VI Urban-rural divide --
13. The urban-rural divide in Japan: A matter of social inequality? / Ralph Lutzeler --
14. The public and political discourse on socio-spatial inequality in Japan / Volker Elis --
15. Understanding the dynamics of regional growth and shrinkage in 21st-century Japan: Towards the achievement of an Asia-Pacific 'depopulation dividend' / Peter Matanle --
pt. VII New immigration and ethnic minorities --
16. Migration and integration patterns of new immigrants in Japan: Diverse structures of inequality / David Chiavacci --
17. The "multicultural coexistence" discourse in crisis? Public discourse on immigrant integration in the gap society / Takashi Kibe --
18. Understanding the gaps between immigrant economic outcomes: Strategic action and meaning-making among newcomer immigrants in Japan / Gracia Liu-Farrer --
pt. VIII Conclusion --
19. Re-assembling the pieces: The big picture of inequality in Japan / Carola Hommerich.
Series Title: Routledge contemporary Japan series.
Responsibility: edited by David Chiavacci and Carola Hommerich.

Abstract:

In recent decades Japan has changed from a strongly growing, economically sucessful nation regarded as a prime example of social equality and inclusion, to a nation with a stagnating economy, a shrinking population and a very high proportion of elderly people. Within this, new forms of inequality are emerging and deepening, and a new model of Japan as a 'gap society' (kakusa shakai) has become widely accepted. These new forms of inequality are complex, are caused in different ways by a variety of factors, and require deep-seated reforms in order to remedy them. This book provides a comprehensive overview of inequality in contemporary Japan. It examines inequality in labour and employment, in welfare and family, in education and social mobility, in the urban-rural divide, and concerning immigration, ethnic minorities and gender. The book also considers the widespread anxiety effect of the fear of inequality; and discusses how far these developments in Japan represent a new form of social problem for the wider world.

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