Cambridge Core – Sociology: General Interest – An Introduction to Japanese Society – by Yoshio Sugimoto. By these measures, An Introduction to Japanese Society is both much more-one orienting, explicitly aimed at attacking what its author, Yoshio Sugimoto. An Introduction to Japanese Society. Yoshio Sugimoto. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. Office Ladies and Salaried Men: Power, Gender.
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Return to Book Page. This revised edition has been updated to cover developments in the five years since the first edition was published. Yoshio Sugimoto challenges the traditional notion that Japan is an homogeneous society with few cultural and social disparities. Paperback2ndpages. Published by Cambridge University Press first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about An Introduction to Japanese Societyplease sign up.
Be the first to ask a question about An Introduction to Japanese Society. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. This book should be required reading for any introductory course qn Japanese Studies. Yoshio Sugimoto presents a very unbiased view of Japanese society, and covers many different aspects, such as gender, hierarchy the vertical societyand education that play daily roles in the maintaining of the structure and implement of Japanese ways.
Excellent reading for anyone with an interest in Japan, necessary reading for any student of Japanese Studies.
Is it because he’s a Japanese so his writing is a little bit like protecting the Japanese view and sometimes even exaggerating the great of Japanese culture? For example, in the geographical variation part, I did not agree in the way people raised outside Tokyo are considered as bilingual. In a basic scale, they are all speaking one language which is Nihongo Japanese. They only have differences in the word choice, dialect, and accent. Therefore, they introductkon be called bilingual.
Al Is it because he’s a Japanese so his writing is a little bit like protecting the Japanese view and sometimes even exaggerating the great of Japanese culture? Also, the kind of geographical variations exists in every culture, not only in Japan. His statistics and information are usually too outdated. For instance, it is given that people in many parts of Japan did not have the consciousness that they jqpanese Nihonjin.
Nevertheless, recently, this situation has raised to a new level jaapanese even causes discrimination to ‘Gaijin’. Not only in daily life but also in law, the rights of gaijin are not fully protected One funny fact, before the residence card of foreigners in Japan changed its name to ‘zairyu card’, its previous name literally means ‘alien registration card’: One thing I really don’t like about this book is that many of his points are not strong and deep enough to make claims or at least give the core of an issue.
For instance, when talking about gender inequality, he didn’t really point out the problem of the Japanese society itself causing this situation. At home, how can a child learn the gender equality if he or she sees his or her mom is always busy with the housework when the dad comes home and just sits there waiting for the meal I don’t remember the term exactly but they called this as ‘miso soup’ issue in Japan.
This is a really common type of Japanese family. At school, the education should also change itself to japanesw the situation. It should find a way to teach the children that the thinking like ‘men should work outside and women should stay home’ is already fogy.
In that case, the ‘new’ children will grow up with a different mind. However, I doubt if they really teach that at school. One last thing, Socoety would be happy if somehow, the author just admits that the Japanese culture is actually based on the Chinese one. Still, this reading is suitable for college-level learning about Japanese society although I wouldn’t recommend this one.
Japanese society is nothing like how you think it is. I have been living and working in Japan for close to 4 years now, but I really don’t know much about the modern culture and the kinds of real issues Japan is having. This book did a great job as an introduction, and I recommend it to anyone interested in Japan or living in Japan.
Sadly I didn’t know there was a fourth edition so I picked up the third edition instead. I will pick up the fourth some time in japanexe future. This is a splendid work by Professor Sugimoto, written in a clear and sober fashion, aiming simply to describe the Japanese society.
Sugimogo lifts the veil of “Cool Japan” most of us see on the outside and allows the reader to peer inside, which might surprise and disillusion some about Japan whilst others may remain entirely unfazed. It is definitely a work I would recommend to anyone wishing to learn more about Japan, or have decided to study the socio-politics of Japan, as a beginners level source This is a splendid work by Professor Sugimoto, written in a clear and sober fashion, aiming simply to describe the Japanese society.
It is definitely a work I would recommend to anyone wishing to learn more about Japan, or have decided to study the socio-politics of Japan, as a beginners level source. May 23, Ferpari rated it it was amazing. Simply the best sociological analysis of Japan available in english.
Especially good for being contemporary and not relying on mithical accounts of Japan. I don’t actually have a reason why I’m reading this book. I picked it up in the school library because it looked interesting, not because of lessons or anything although I suppose it has some application w. But apart from my suspicions that Rena and I are secretly nerds well, yosshio of us is from ACS I and the other from Hwa Chongit’s probably because we introxuction to learn more about the country we’re living in If you’re curious, Rena borrowed a book on the Ainu and one of the I don’t actually have a reason why I’m reading this book.
But apart from my suspicions that Rena and I are secretly introductionn well, one of us is from ACS I and the other from Hwa Chongit’s probably because we want to learn more about the country we’re living in If you’re curious, Rena borrowed a book on the Ainu and one of the religious practices of Japan. Anyway, this book really is a brief introduction to Japanese society. So here, in brief, are the names 10 chapters and what I think of them. The Japan Phenomenon and the Social Sciences – Basically, the introduction where it tells you what the author doesn’t like about how most people view Japan and how he introductio to find a middle ground.
An Overview – Japan likes to think it’s egalitarian, but it’s not. Geographical and Generational Variations – A quick look at how different parts of Japan differ from each other in terms of culture, language, business, etc as well as how each generation post-war, global generation, etc differ and it’s implications.
Forms of Work in Cultural Capitalism – probably the second most interesting chapter and the sugmoto relevant one for me. But I think that the look into Japanese Business Ot wasn’t deep enough, but then again, this isn’t a Business Administration textbook. Diversity and Unity in Education – So apparently, the “exam hell” we sugmoto about isn’t that bad. But university as a four-year-break?
An Introduction to Japanese Society by Yoshio Sugimoto
So maybe it’s no longer the case? Gender Stratification and sugimoot Family System – It’s t unfair to the ladies. Although I’m not sure what to make of the point about the women taking the guy’s family name after marraige. I thought that was normal And then, we go on to look at the different minority groups like Rena’s favourite Ainu, the Koreans and the Burakumin. Collusion and Competition in the Establishment – Politics in Japan. It’s a nice introduction, but if you want an in depth look, you should go and read Japanese Politics Today from Karaoke to Kabuki Democracy.
Popular Culture and Everyday Life – Quite naturally, my favourite chapter, especially as it covers things like popular culture, folk culture and alternative culture. Civil Society and Friendly Authoritarianism – Trying to make the case that life in Japan is ‘authoritarian’, Although I think that if you compare it to Singapore, Singapore might be considered stricter at least, that’s what a lot of Japanese say, especially when they hear about the stance towards gum and littering.
But I wonder, is it wrong ontroduction everyone to act in a way that promotes harmony? And when does harmony lead to socieety All in all, an interesting book, especially if you’re looking to a brief sugimoo. You won’t become and intrduction on Japanese society after reading this book, but you’ll definitely have learnt something. It’s a bit dry at times though, so be warned! First posted at With Love from Japan, Eustacia Jan 26, Armando Bravo salcido rated it really liked it Shelves: An interesting and academic take on Japanese society.
The author seems quite keen to refute commonly-held assumptions about some socieety, particularly Japanese education, but I’m not sure that I’m completely convinced; I think the author would have been better served covering the points that he targets in more detail before explaining that he would then provide his own alternative view.
As an introductory text, An Introduction to Japanese Society mostly provides comprehensive coverage of a wide An interesting and academic take on Japanese society.
An Introduction to Japanese Society
As an introductory text, An Introduction to Japanese Society mostly provides comprehensive coverage of a wide range of topics, but topics which are commonly the focus of debate tend to lack explanation of the different opinions used.
Feb 07, Bahia rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book is a great primer on Japanese culture. It’s interesting even if you’ve lived in Japan in the past, but accessible enough for someone who doesn’t know much about Japan.
The book also challenges some assumptions about Japan.
This book is definitely a resource and is not the type of intrlduction you’d sit down and read from cover to cover. I read it for a socitey and I always appreciate books that don’t feel like a chore to read. I definitely recommend it for people interested in learning about Jap This book is a great primer on Japanese introducgion.
I definitely recommend it for people interested in learning about Japan or looking for information about Japan’s political system, minorities, class structure, and more. Jul 05, Alice Jennings rated it it was amazing. I own this boom it was so good. Alongside Joy Hendry, Sugimoto is excellent in giving a general overview of the key topics of Japan- work, gender, education, home e. Very easy to read to, and quotes from many anthropologists in almost a collection of other peoples work, but with his own opinion.
Well, I may be a bit biased on why I was particularly taken with this book considering japaneee academic background but nonetheless, it has some GREAT info about Japanese social structure. Even if you jump around you will still gain more wrinkles in your brain.