Differentiation and Uncertainty
This book explores various aspects of life in contemporary Japan in terms of the shift toward differentiation and uncertainty and from the perspective of social actors positioned differently in Japanese society, including schoolgirls, teachers, women, mothers of young children, small-business owners, people with disabilities, and the elderly. Drawing on ethnographic research conducted during the first decade of the twenty-first century, the book examines a wide range of topics such as work, schooling, entertainment, lifestyle choices, volunteering, and material culture. It also considers family and marital relations, child rearing, driving manners, aging, death and memorial rituals, divination, and sexuality. Finally, it discusses the importance of self-realization and individuality in today's Japan.
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