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Title Cultural and social division in contemporary Japan : rethinking discourses of inclusion and exclusion / edited by Yoshikazu Shiobara, Kohei Kawabata and Joel Matthews
Published Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2020
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Description 1 online resource (286 pages)
Series Routledge Contemporary Japan Series
Routledge contemporary Japan series
Summary The recent manifestation of exclusionism in Japan has emerged at a time of intensified neoliberal economic policies, increased cross-border migration brought on by globalization, the elevated threat of global terrorism, heightened tensions between East Asian states over historical and territorial conflicts, and a backlash by Japanese conservatives over perceived historical apologism. The social and political environment for minorities in Japan has shifted drastically since the 1990s, yet many studies of Japan still tend to view Japan through the dominant discourses of ethnic homogeneity (tanitsu minzoku shakai) and middle-class society (sochuryu-shakai) which positions the exclusion of minorities as an exceptional phenomenon. While exclusionism has been recognized as a serious threat to minority groups, it has not often been considered a representative issue for the whole of Japanese society. This tendency will persist until the discourses of tanitsu minzoku shakai and sochuryu-shakai are systematically debunked and Japan is widely recognized as both multiethnic and socio-economically stratified. Today, as with most advanced capitalist countries, serious social divides occasioned by the impacts of globalization and neoliberalism have destabilized Japanese society. This book explores not only how Japanese society is diversified and unequal, but also how diversity and inequality have caused people to divide into separate realities from which conflict and violence have emerged. It empirically examines the current situation while considering the historical development of exclusionism from the interdisciplinary viewpoints of history, policy studies, cultural studies, sociology and cultural anthropology. In addition to analyzing the realities of division and exclusionism, the authors propose theoretical alternatives to overcome such cultural and social divides
Notes Yoshikazu Shiobara is a Professor in the Faculty of Law at Keio University, Japan. Kohei Kawabata is an Associate Professor in the Department of International Cooperation and Multicultural Studies at Tsuda University, Japan. Joel Matthews is a Lecturer in the Faculty of Contemporary Culture at Surugadai University, Japan
Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on September 03, 2019)
Subject Culture conflict -- Japan
Social conflict -- Japan
Social stratification -- Japan
Culture conflict.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Ethnic Studies -- Asian American Studies.
Social conditions.
Social conflict.
Social stratification.
Japan -- Social conditions -- 21st century
Form Electronic book
Author Kawabata, Kohei, editor
Matthews, Joel, editor
Shiobara, Yoshikazu, 1973- editor
ISBN 1315143704