Understanding Japanese Society

5th Edition

Joy Hendry

Published July 23, 2019
Textbook - 316 Pages - 68 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780815385875 - CAT# K344998
Series: Nissan Institute/Routledge Japanese Studies

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In this welcome brand new fifth edition of the bestselling textbook Understanding Japanese Society, Joy Hendry takes the reader into the heart of Japanese life.

Providing a clear and accessible introduction to Japanese ways of thinking, which does not require any previous knowledge of the country, this book explores Japanese society through the worlds of home, work, play, religion and ritual, covering a full range of life experiences, from childhood to old age. It also examines the diversity of people living in Japan, the effects of a growing number of new immigrants, and role of the longest-standing Japanese prime-minister Shinzo Abe. Fully updated, revised and expanded, the fifth edition contains new material on:

  • the continued effects of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disasters of 2011
  • local examples of care for nature and the environment
  • new perspectives on the role of women
  • Japan’s place in the context of globalisation .

Each chapter in this new edition also includes an exciting insert from scholars in the field, based on new and emerging research. This book will be invaluable to all students studying Japan. It will also enlighten those travellers and business people wishing to gain an understanding of  Japanese people.


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