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Social Inequality in Post-Growth Japan

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Social Inequality in Post-Growth Japan

Transformation during Economic and Demographic Stagnation


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Social Inequality in Post-Growth Japan
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In recent decades Japan has changed from a strongly growing, economically successful nation regarded as 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 'gap society' (kakusa shakai) has become common-sense. 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.

Author Biography

David Chiavacci is Mercator Professor of Social Science of Japan at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. Carola Hommerich is Associate Professor of Sociology at Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan.
Release date Australia
December 21st, 2017
Edited by Carola Hommerich Edited by David Chiavacci
Country of Publication
United States
44 Line drawings, black and white; 17 Halftones, black and white; 18 Tables, black and white; 61 Illustrations, black and white
CRC Press Inc
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