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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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Japanese youth: inequality and deviance

Japanese youth: inequality and deviance

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Deviance and inequality in Japan

Robert Stuart Yoder

Policy Press

The powerlessness of the youth in Japan makes them a most vulnerable target of the dominant subculture group. This is exacerbated in that youth are also at an age of rebellion and idealism apt to question the status quo in search of a new and better tomorrow. This chapter focuses on youth, their limited rights and powerlessness, relentless and discriminate social controls over them, and their rebellion against adult authority. This chapter presents the status of the Japanese youth offences based on types of misbehaviour acts and discusses crime prevention in Japan with regards to adolescents. It explains the reforms in education advocating greater attention to traditional values and authoritarianism in secondary schools that show a number of implications for youth in relation to inequality and deviance. It describes the working class and class culture. It traces the history of youth deviance in Japan, focusing on similar trends of conflict between the state and its network of adult controls over youth. Finally, it elucidates the misconceptions about youth crime.

Keywords:   Japanese, youth, subculture, inequality, deviance, crime, misbehaviour

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