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Capturing contemporary Japan: differentiation and uncertainty

PrefaceNote on conventionsToward differentiation and uncertaintyWork Conditions and experiencesConsumption and emerging new ServicesLife Courses: education, Marriage, and agingNotes on Research MethodsNotes for InstructorsI Change over timeWork and Life in Challenging timesRural to UrbanThe Girl, the Smiling Guy, and the CarUpward MobilityChallenges at WorkLife as an Irregular EmployeeFamily Life at the FujiisParenting, Cultural Capital, and Human Capital: Reproduction of Social Class in the Next GenerationAtsuko: Determining One's Life Path (Shinro)Ami: Caught in the Middle, in Search of a Desirable Job (Yaritai Koto)Yu¯ji: A Light-Hearted OptimistUpdateBeing a Man in a straitened Japan. The View from twenty years LaterHistory and Life CourseThe Erosion of “Husband at Work, Wife at Home”From Breadwinner to CommunicatorValue Conflicts over ChildrenValue Conflicts and ReligionMen Forced from the FamilyMen Disabled and LovedMen and RetirementConclusion: Being a Man in the New JapanII Work Conditions and experiencesWorking women of the Bubble GenerationWomen of the Bubble GenerationWork and Lives of Three Bubble Generation WomenYumiko: The Clerical Track for LifeMaya: At the Lower End of Professional WorkSeiko: The EEOL's Poster ChildConclusionMaking an ant's Forehead of DifferenceResistance and IdentityFacing the Nitty-Gritty of Organic FarmingThe JOAA and Japanese AgricultureConsumer Groups: Links between Producers and ConsumersPast and Present: Residual and Emergent ResistanceA Path for Challenging the Status Quo— with Compromises and ContradictionsGender and Organic FarmingDealing with the Local Farming CommunityEffects of the 3/11 DisasterConclusionShelf Lives and the Labors of Loss. Food, Livelihoods, and Japan's Convenience StoresA Vignette: The Evening ShiftConvenience Stores, Shelf Life, and the Logistics behind LossThe Real Pain of LossAn After-Shelf LifeKonbinization and the Wider World of WasteLoss and AffectLiving Out of the TrashLoss Battles and Hidden CostsIII Exploring new roles and identitiesSingle women in Marriage and employment Markets in JapanPerceptions of Single Women in JapanMarriage and Employment MarketsLate Twenties to Early Thirties:Conflict between Marriage and Employment MarketsThirty-Something: Departing from ConventionAfter Forty: “We Don't Need Men, but We Do Need Work”ConclusionThe aging of the Japanese Family meanings of grandchildren in old ageFamily and Grandchildren in the First Half of the Twentieth CenturyFamily Change in the Latter Half of the Twentieth CenturyThe Meanings of Grandchildren to Elderly Japanese TodayGrandchildren as Sources of assistance in Old ageInteraction across Generations: Long-term Relationships versus Sporadic encountersGrandchildren as Reminders of a Generation GapEmotional BondsConclusionBarrier-Free Brothels. Sex Volunteers, prostitutes, and people with DisabilitiesIntroductionFight! Takeda Mayumi's StoryProstitutionBarrier-Free BrothelsSex VolunteersWhite HandsThe Politics of Sexual RelationsNeoliberal SexualitiesSexual Rights for People with DisabilitiesConclusionsIV Making Social tiesRecreating Connections nonprofit organizations' attempts to Foster networking among mothers of preschoolersChild Rearing, Shrinking Networks of Support, and AnxietyFieldworkThe Development of Drop-in Play CentersDrop-In Play Centers: The Physical SettingsThe Role of Staff MembersPatterns of Interaction: Staff Members and MothersNetworks of Peer SupportOpportunities for Learning and ExplorationThe Maintenance of Drop-inPlay Centers and Issues of ConcernConclusionThe Divination arts in Girl CultureExploring Feminized Texts and SpacesPlaying with Divinatory GenresDivination EntertainmentReinvented Historical DivinationConclusionV Persisting patterns and ContinuitiesEducation after the “Lost Decade(s)”. Stability or Stagnation?Elementary EducationJunior High EducationHigh School: The Great DivideInequality and the “Disparity Society”Internationalization and Foreign Language EducationStability or Stagnation?Lightweight Cars and women Drivers. The De/construction of gender metaphors in recessionary JapanK-CarsK-Cars as Metaphor of Gender and Driving StylesDriving in Inner and Outer SpacesDriving in DragGender Schema and Driving Metaphors in Recessionary JapanThe story of a seventy-Three-year-Old woman Living alone. Her thoughts on Death ritesLiving Alone in Late AdulthoodTending the Family DeadChoosing Ash ScatteringDiscussion and ConclusionGlossary