Shifting Contours of Class and Status

Glenda S. Roberts*

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Roberts looks critically at the contours of class and status in Japan, focusing in particular on the rise of egalitarianism in the postwar era and the manifestations of social class through the lens of gender. She argues that we need more research on the ways in which gender and ethnicity inform social class practices. The contours of class and status in Japan appear to be shifting away from a large ''middle-mass'' toward a more polarized society, characterized by less job stability even for the middle classes, and increasing concern in the media over the uncertainties that accompany the current fluid situation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA Companion to the Anthropology of Japan
PublisherBlackwell Publishing Ltd
Number of pages21
ISBN (Print)0631229558, 9780631229551
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Nov 29


  • Contours
  • Japanese
  • National health insurance system
  • Pension systems
  • Unemployment insurance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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