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Capturing Contemporary JapanDifferentiation and Uncertainty$
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Satsuki Kawano, Glenda S. Roberts, and Susan Orpett Long

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780824838683

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824838683.001.0001

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Work and Life in Challenging Times

Work and Life in Challenging Times

A Kansai Family Across the Generations

(p.27) Chapter 1 Work and Life in Challenging Times
Capturing Contemporary Japan

Glenda S. Roberts

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines the long-term socioeconomic changes in Japan since the 1980s through the eyes of one nuclear family of blue-collar workers from Kansai, the Fujii family. More specifically, it considers how the Fujii family experienced upward mobility in the early years, as well as instability in the later years, as they try to establish themselves in a downward-facing economy. It focuses on the marriage and work experiences of a Japanese woman in her fifties; in the strong economy she and her husband held regular jobs and achieved a secure lifestyle, but they did not obtain regular high-paying jobs in the downward economy despite having more education than their parents. This chapter discusses a number of themes revolving around the Fujiis, from economic change and family to parenting, parent-child relations, human and cultural capital, and reproduction of social class.

Keywords:   nuclear family, blue-collar workers, Japanese women, upward mobility, marriage, work, socioeconomic changes, parenting, cultural capital, social class

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