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Contemporary Japanese Society : A Sociology of Work in Japan - Ross Mouer

Contemporary Japanese Society

A Sociology of Work in Japan

Hardcover Published: 20th June 2005
ISBN: 9780521651202
Number Of Pages: 324

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What shapes the decisions of employees in Japan? The authors of this comprehensive and up-to-date survey of the relationship between work and society in Japan argue that individual decisions about work can only be understood through the broader social context. Many factors combine to affect such choices including the structuring of labour markets, social policy and, of course, global influences which have come increasingly to impinge on the organisation of work and life generally. By considering labour markets, social policy and relationships between labour and management, the book offers penetrating insights into contemporary Japanese society and glimpses of what might come in the future. Underlying the discussion is a challenge to the celebration of Japanese management practices which has dominated the literature for the last three decades. This is an important and groundbreaking book for students of sociology and economics.

"Rebick's analysis is masterfully institutional and his analysis is based on the most meticulous nalysis of primary and secondary labor data possible given the limits of data acces." - Mary C. Brinton, Harvard University

List of figuresp. vii
List of tablesp. viii
Prefacep. xi
Note on transliteration, romanization, and translationp. xvii
List of abbreviationsp. xx
A context for studying work
The Japanese at workp. 3
Toward a sociology of work in Postwar Japanp. 24
Competing models for understanding work in Japanp. 51
The commitment to being at work
Hours of work, labor-force participation and the work ethicp. 69
Processing labor through Japan's labor markets
Change and challenge in the labor marketp. 97
Segmentation of the labor marketp. 117
The broader social policy context for understanding choice at work in Japan
From labor policy to social policy: a framework for understanding labor process in Japan at the national levelp. 145
Social security and safety netsp. 178
The power relations shaping the organization of work in Japan
The state of the union movement in Japanp. 199
Management organizations and the interests of employersp. 229
The future
The future of work in Japanp. 253
Referencesp. 264
Author indexp. 296
General indexp. 300
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ISBN: 9780521651202
ISBN-10: 0521651204
Series: Contemporary Japanese Society
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 324
Published: 20th June 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.65