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Deviance and inequality in JapanJapanese youth and foreign migrants$
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Robert Stuart Yoder

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847428325

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847428325.001.0001

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Introduction: power, inequality and deviance in Japan

Introduction: power, inequality and deviance in Japan

(p.1) One Introduction: power, inequality and deviance in Japan
Deviance and inequality in Japan

Robert Stuart Yoder

Policy Press

This book focuses on Japanese youth and foreign migrants, which are powerless and yet perceived to be a major threat to the status quo. The life situation of these two subculture group ties in with inequality as a precursor to deviance in a strikingly similar manner. Inequality, setting the stage for deviant reactions pertaining to these two subcultural groups, clearly shows that conflict is as an integral and dynamic feature of Japanese society, a contrast to the harmony or nihonjinron (theories of Japanese) perspective. This book challenges the nihonjinron model, showing that inequality, conflict and deviance in Japan is no less a part of human relations than harmony. Social restrictions and opportunities to freely pursue one's life differ according to age and nationality. This is quite evident for youth and foreign migrants. Japanese youth and foreign migrants' struggles for equality are met with fierce resistance by the dominant subculture group that holds a stronghold over the management and control of societal arrangements and human affairs that works in their interests. This book discusses the efforts of the dominant subculture group to contain these two subordinate subculture groups and ensuing deviant reactions from the subordinate not dominant subculture group perspective.

Keywords:   Japanese, youth, migrant, inequality, deviance, subculture

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