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Family Change and the Life Course in Japan

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Susan Orpett LONG
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This book provides a valuable introduction to historical and sociological studies of family change in Japan. The author discusses the organization and assumptions of the academic disciplines, introduces resources for cross-cultural research on family change, and summarizes research results in areas such as infanticide, preindustrial mobility, family size and structure, family relations, mate selection, and the elderly. Summaries of Japanese studies and translated tables and graphs are integrated with materials from relevant English language publications from the perspective of life course theory. The book points out difficulties in cross-cultural research but stresses the vital contributions of such insights for the understanding of family change. | 140 pages


  • The Life Course Approach
  • The Life Course
  • Japanese Conceptions of Family
  • Family Studies and a Family Change From a Historical Perspective
  • Sociological Perspectives on Family Change
  • Family Cycle and Life Course in Japan
  • The Future: The Japanese Family and the Life Course Approach
  • Bibliography

  • "Should be in the library of every scholar of Japan, comparative family, and the life course." — Monumenta Nipponica

  • Susan Orpett Long is Associate Professor of Anthropology at John Carroll University. She is also author of Lives in Motion: Composing Circles of Self and Community in Japan (CEAS No. 106), and editor of Caring for the Elderly in Japan and the United States: Practices and Policies (Routledge). Her current research compares bioethics, culture, and end-of-life decisions in the two countries.

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