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Contemporary Japanese Sociology

Contemporary Japanese Sociology

First Edition
Three Volume Set
Edited by:
  • Jun Kobayashi - Department of Sociology, Seikei University, Tokyo, Japan
  • Junya Tsutsui - Professor of Sociology, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan
  • Masayuki Kanai - Professor of Sociology, Senshu University, Kanagawa, Japan
  • Naoki Sudo - Gakushuin University, Japan

December 2017 | 812 pages | SAGE India

Japanese sociology emerged by inculcating concepts from European and American sociology. However, it evolved in its own way and has tried to theorize and empirically understand human experiences. Therefore, its accumulated knowledge and wisdom is expected to provide valuable lessons to the world at large.

Contemporary Japanese Sociology aims at showcasing what Japanese sociology has attained and its expected future course. The editors of this unique collection have brought together the best and most challenging contributions in the field.

The title is organized into two parts. The first part deals with empirical works. It focuses on social inequality in the global society—inequalities in education, occupation, income, family formation—and cultural activities in Japan, Asia, and the world. Japanese sociology has produced significant contributions based on theory-driven, rigorous empirical research.

The second part deals with theoretical developments. It covers mathematical and rational choice sociology, two research streams that have dramatically developed in Japan. This part discusses problems of social dilemmas, social networks, and relative deprivation.

Emphasis has been placed on ensuring the articles are cutting-edge in each field, to advance the understanding of fundamental social processes. The volumes aim to bridge Japanese sociology with sociology in the rest of the world, thereby broadening the sociological horizon.

This will be published to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Japanese Association for Mathematical Sociology.

Jun Kobayash
Editor’s Introduction: Contemporary Japanese Sociology
Volume 1
Part 1: Social Inequality in the Global Society
Junya Tsutsui
Saburo Yasuda
A Methodological Inquiry into Social Mobility
Hiroshi Ishida, John Goldthorpe and Robert Erikson
Intergenerational Class Mobility in Post-war Japan
Takatoshi Imada
A Note on Modernity and its Deconstruction: Metamorphosis of Civilization
Junsuke Hara
Changes in the Labor Market and Occupational Prestige Scores
Arinori Yosano, Nahoko Hayashi
Social Stratification, Intermediary Groups and Creation of Trustfulness
James M. Raymo, Miho Iwasawa
Marriage Market Mismatches in Japan: An Alternative View of the Relationship between Women’s Education and Marriage
Wataru Nakazawa
Has the Youth Labor Market in Japan Changed? An Event History Analysis Approach
Kazuo Yamaguchi
Decomposition of Inequality Among Groups by Counterfactual Modeling: An Analysis of The Gender Wage Gap in Japan
Toru Kikkawa, Sho Fujihara
Class Awareness in Japan and the U.S. Expansion and Stability
Carola Hommerich
Trust and Subjective Well-being after the Great East Japan Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Meltdown: Preliminary Results
Junya Tsutsui
The Transitional Phase of Mate Selection in East Asian Countries
Setsuko Hashimoto
Fukushima Nuclear Accident and Its Aftermath: A Survey of Futaba District
Kikuko Nagayoshi and Yoshimichi Sato
Who Supports Redistributive Policies in Contemporary Japan? An Integrative Approach to Self-interest and Trust Models
Hiroshi Kanbayashi and Hirohisa Takenoshita
Labor Market Institutions and Job Mobility in Asian Societies: A Comparative Study of Japan and Taiwan
Volume 2
Part 1: Social Inequality in the Global Society (Contd.)
Emiko Ochiai
Leaving the West, Rejoining the East? Gender and Family in Japan’s Semi-Compressed Modernity
Young-Mi Kim and Sawako Shirahase
Understanding Intra-Regional Variation in Gender Inequality in East Asia: Decomposition of Cross-National Differences in the Gender Earnings Gap
Koichi Hasegawa
The Fukushima Nuclear Accident and Japan’s Civil Society: Context, Reactions, and Policy Impacts
Hirohisa Takenoshita
Social Capital and Mental Health among Brazilian Immigrants in Japan
Muta Kazue
The 'comfort Women' Issue and the Embedded Culture of Sexual Violence in Contemporary Japan
Masahiro Yamada
Decline of Real Love and Rise of Virtual Love: Love in Asia
Part 2: Mathematical and Rational Choice Sociology
Masayuki Kanai
Kenji Kosaka
A Model of Relative Deprivation
Kazuo Seiyama
A Continuous Model for the Theory of Organizational Structure
Michio Umino
Formulation of Commons Dilemma: Dawes Model Reconsidered
Jun'ichi Kobayashi
An Analytical Approach to the "Self-Fulfilling Prophecy"
Daishiro Nomiya
Three Structural Theories of Collective Action: How Well Do They Apply to Peasant Rebellion in Nineteenth-century Japan?
Nahoko Hayashi, Elinor Ostrom, James Walker, and Toshio Yamagishi
Reciprocity, Trust, and the Sense of Control a Cross-societal Study
Nobuyuki Takahashi
The Emergence of Generalized Exchange
Volume 3
Part 2: Mathematical and Rational Choice Sociology (Contd.)
Jun Kobayashi
Unanimous Opinions in Social Influence Networks
Tatsuhiro Shichijo, Yasuto Nakano
Properties of Learning Models in Collective Action: A Rationality of Backward-looking Players
Kazuto Misumi
Whole-Net Base and Social Capital: Stratified Opportunity Structure of Social Capital
Yoshimichi Sato
Market, Trust, and Inequality: An Agent-based Model of Effect of Market Attractiveness on Trusting Behavior and Inequality
Kazuharu Tsuzuki
Some Conceptual Problems of Social Capital: Tie, Strength of Tie and Trust
Yusuke Kanazawa
The Promotion and Evolution of Cooperation Through Projection: Implications for Social Dilemmas and Trust
Kunihiro Kimura, Mikiko Shinoki
Decision and Justification in the Social Dilemma of Recycling. I.: A Two-stage Model of Rational Choice and Cognitive Dissonance Reduction
Toshio Yamagishi, Nobuhiro Mifune
Does Shared Group Membership Promote Altruism? Fear, Greed, and Reputation
Masaki Tomochi
A Model of a Nested Small-world Network
Atsushi Ishida , Kenji Kosaka, Hiroshi Hamada
A Paradox of Economic Growth and Relative Deprivation
Michihiro Kandoi and Shinya Obayashi
Labor Union Members Play an OLG Repeated Game
Yutaka Nakai
In-group Favoritism Due to Friend Selection Strategies Based on Fixed Tag and Within-group Reputation
Naoki Sudo
The Effects of Women's Labor Force Participation: An Explanation of Changes in Household Income Inequality

While resources in English for researching and teaching the anthropology of Japan have boomed in recent years, the availability of easily accessible work on the sociology of Japan has lagged far behind. This three volume series on Contemporary Japanese Sociology provides an invaluable service by bringing together in one place the work of the best known sociologists of Japan of the past twenty years. It will be drawn upon by students and scholars of all levels who want to understand the development of - and future outlook for – all the key structural components of Japanese society such as education, work, cultural activities and the family.

Roger Goodman,
Nissan Professor of Modern Japanese Studies, University of Oxford, UK

This important collection opens up a treasure trove of Japanese sociology to an English-reading audience. With contributions from the leading figures of the discipline, it provides an indispensible guide to the latest arguments and findings. Encyclopedic in breadth, it is a key resource for anyone interested in not only the sociology of Japan, but also sociology in Japan.

Kristin Surak
Senior Lecturer in Politics, SOAS, University of London

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