Community Volunteers in Japan: Everyday stories of social change

1st Edition

Lynne Nakano

Routledge
Published August 14, 2009
Reference - 192 Pages
ISBN 9780415546065 - CAT# Y102336
Series: Japan Anthropology Workshop Series

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Summary

Volunteering is a recent and highly visible phenomenon in Japan, adopted as a meaningful social activity by millions of Japanese and covered widely in the Japanese media. This book, based on extensive original research, tells the stories of community volunteers who make social change through their everyday acts. It discusses their experiences in children's activities, the parent-teachers association, juvenile delinquency prevention campaigns, and care of the elderly. It explores their conflicts and their motivations, and argues that personal decisions to volunteer and acts of volunteering, besides being personal choices, are productive of larger discussions of the needs and directions of Japanese society.

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