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Perspectives on Work, Employment and Society in Japan


Matanle, P. and Lunsing, W. (Eds.) (2006) Perspectives on Work, Employment and Society in Japan, Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave.

Published: October 2006.
ISBN 9780230002005; 12 Chapters, 288pp.

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Reviewed by William Skipper in Work and Occupations
Reviewed by Marcus Rebick in the Journal of Japanese Studies

Sociologists and others interested in comparative analyses of national work systems (especially those not particularly well versed in the current situation in Japan) as well as those more broadly interested in the impacts of globalization on work and employment in advanced industrial economies should all find something in this volume ... As globalization evolves, every nation and every nation's workers are feeling its [globalization's] effects, often profoundly. Japan and the Japanese are certainly feeling them. Yet how each nation and its workers will be affected by those processes and, more importantly, how each will react as a social body to them will be in very significant ways specific, distinctive, and local. Aside from its other values, a thoughtful reader will find that Perspectives on Work, Employment and Society in Japan does a nice job of showing us that.
William Skipper, State University of New York, Cortland, in Work and Occupations.

Book Summary

Co-edited with Wim Lunsing of the Netherlands, Perspectives on Work, Employment and Society in Japan presents the diverse perspectives of eleven researchers from Europe and Japan who analyze work and employment in a rapidly changing Japan.

Using macro- and micro-level data, and employing a range of theoretical approaches, we examine subjects such as lifetime employment, 'freeters', and senior volunteers and describe how the employment landscape in Japan is evolving, as well as how the meanings that individual Japanese attach to their work and employment are changing. The book sets its subject matter within contemporary developments in the Japanese socio-economy and demonstrates the centrality of work to an understanding of 21st century Japan.