Japan's New Middle Class Hardback
Part of the Asia/Pacific/Perspectives series
This classic study on the sociology of Japan remains the only in-depth treatment of the Japanese middle class.
Now in a fiftieth-anniversary edition that includes a new foreword by William W.
Kelly, this seminal work paints a rich and complex picture of the life of the salaryman and his family.
In 1958, Suzanne and Ezra Vogel embedded themselves in a Tokyo suburb, living among and interviewing six middle-class families regularly for a year.
Tracing the rapid postwar economic growth that led to hiring large numbers of workers who were provided lifelong employment, the authors show how this phenomenon led to a new social class-the salaried men and their families.
It was a well-educated group that prepared their children rigorously for the same successful corporate or government jobs they held.
Secure employment and a rising standard of living enabled this new middle class to set the dominant pattern of social life that influenced even those who could not share it, a pattern that remains fundamental to Japanese society today.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 372 pages, 7 Tables, unspecified
- Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
- Publication Date: 18/07/2013
- Category: Regional studies
- ISBN: 9781442223714
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