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THE PROBLEM AND ITS SETTING
THE DOUBLE STRUCTURE
THE SETTING: MAMACHI
THE BUREAUCRATIC SETTING IN PERSPECTIVE
THE SUCCESSFUL BUSINESSMAN
THE SALARY MAN
PREPARING FOR AND TAKING EXAMINATIONS
THE FAMILY’S CONTRIBUTION: MATERNAL INVOLVEMENT
THE SCHOOL’S CONTRIBUTION: TEACHER INVOLVEMENT
MITIGATING THE HARSHNESS
THE HYPERTROPHY OF EXAMINATIONS
ACHIEVEMENT WITHOUT RIVALRY
THE CONSUMER’S “BRIGHT NEW LIFE”
THE ORDERED LIFE
THE LIMITS OF FRUGALITY
THE NATIONAL IDENTITY
THE ROLE OF THE CITIZEN
SALARY AND THE MODERATION OF ALIENATION
COMMUNITY RELATIONSHIPS
THE SEPARATE COMMUNITIES OF HUSBANDS, WIVES, AND CHILDREN
THE NARROW WORLD
TECHNIQUES OF SOCIAL CONTROL
BASIC VALUES
LOYALTY
COMPETENCE
A MAJOR VARIATION: AESTHETIC VALUES
THE MORAL BASIS OF THE SALARY MAN
THE DECLINE OF FAMILY PRINCIPLES
THE DIVISION OF LABOR IN THE HOME
CREEPING CO-OPERATION IN THE HOME
HOUSEWORK: THE DAILY ROUND
HOUSEWORK: INGLORIOUS AND GLORIOUS
AUTHORITY IN THE FAMILY
THE TRADITION OF “MALE DOMINANCE”
MAINTENANCE OF DECENTRALIZED AUTHORITY
THE NATURE AND EXERCISE OF THE HUSBAND’S AUTHORITY
THE ART OF HUSBAND MANAGEMENT
THE MOTHER-IN-LAW AND DAUGHTER-IN-LAW
FAMILY SOLIDARITY
THE HOUSEHOLD UNIT
THE BASIC ALIGNMENT: MOTHER AND CHILDREN VS. FATHER
HUSBAND AND WIFE: INCREASING PRIVACY AND INTIMACY
COALITIONS WITH GRANDPARENTS
VARIATIONS ON A THEME: BIRTH ORDER, SEX, AND PARENTAGE
THE FATHER
GETTING THE CHILD TO UNDERSTAND
GETTING THE CHILD’S CO-OPERATION IN STUDY
ORDER AMIDST RAPID SOCIAL CHANGE
THE TRANSITIONAL ORDER
THE NATURE OF THE NEW ORDER
THE DIFFUSION OF THE NEW ORDER
A NEW CONFIDENCE IN OLD MAMACHI
SALARY WITHOUT VISIONS
APPROACHING AFFLUENCE
THE GROWTH OF NATIONAL PRIDE
“MY HOME-ISM”: OLD WINE IN NEW BOTTLES
ECONOMIC PROGRESS, NATIONAL AND FAMILY PRIDE
PREDOMINANCE OF THE SALARYMAN WAY OF LIFE
STRAINS IN THE SALARYMAN’S LIFE
HYPERTROPHY OF THE EXAMINATION SYSTEM
WOMEN’S LIBERATION, MAMACHI STYLE
CHANGING EXPECTATIONS FOR MARRIAGE: NEW IDEAS, OLD HABITS
CHILD-TRAINING IN AN ERA OF WEAKENED AUTHORITY
BEYOND SUCCESS
AFTERWORD
NOTES
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Japan's New Middle Class

Japan's New Middle Class

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This classic study on the sociology of Japan remains the only in-depth treatment of the Japanese middle class. Now in a fiftieth-anniversary edition that includes a new foreword by William W. Kelly, this seminal work paints a rich and complex picture of the life of the salaryman and his family.

In 1958, Suzanne and Ezra Vogel embedded themselves in a Tokyo suburb, living among and interviewing six middle-class families regularly for a year. Tracing the rapid postwar economic growth that led to hiring large numbers of workers who were provided lifelong employment, the authors show how this phenomenon led to a new social class—the salaried men and their families. It was a well-educated group that prepared their children rigorously for the same successful corporate or government jobs they held. Secure employment and a rising standard of living enabled this new middle class to set the dominant pattern of social life that influenced even those who could not share it, a pattern that remains fundamental to Japanese society today.
This classic study on the sociology of Japan remains the only in-depth treatment of the Japanese middle class. Now in a fiftieth-anniversary edition that includes a new foreword by William W. Kelly, this seminal work paints a rich and complex picture of the life of the salaryman and his family.

In 1958, Suzanne and Ezra Vogel embedded themselves in a Tokyo suburb, living among and interviewing six middle-class families regularly for a year. Tracing the rapid postwar economic growth that led to hiring large numbers of workers who were provided lifelong employment, the authors show how this phenomenon led to a new social class—the salaried men and their families. It was a well-educated group that prepared their children rigorously for the same successful corporate or government jobs they held. Secure employment and a rising standard of living enabled this new middle class to set the dominant pattern of social life that influenced even those who could not share it, a pattern that remains fundamental to Japanese society today.

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