By John Clammer
This quantity demonstrates a clean method of city reports in addition to a brand new approach of taking a look at modern Japan which hyperlinks economic system and society in an cutting edge manner.
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For example, very little reference is made to religion or religious values. Instead an indigenous model of culture is formulated which has several key characteristics. The first of these is the recognition, apparently very belatedly arrived at by Western sociologists, that culture is indeed constructed and the practice of culture takes place through the experience of culture as artificial and constructed, although of course as essential. People arc not then deluded about this, but recognize the construction of culture as the central project of human beings, but in ways that interestingly diffcrcntiate Japanese understandings from those of the West.
Yomen, 1,ccausc of their social networks and the actikitics of their children, are more likely to hc tied to a place than arc men, whosc work and leisure activities remove them from such spatial restrictions (Imamura 1987). Secondly, residence is related to kinship networks. Families not from the city in which thcy live arc more likely to identify with their furalato, their home town of origin, than with their urban place of rcsidcncc, and at S e w Year, possibly during the ‘Golden \Vcck’ spring holidays, and certainly at obon, thc mid-summer festival honouring the ancestors, will return ‘home’.
Gifts are then bestowed largely out of gratitude from inferiors to superiors or to acknowledge favours granted. The precise nature and value of gifts is carefully 1% japan and the Study of Consumption calculated in terms of the size of the obligation and the relative social standing of the two parties. Etiquette manuals are easily available and are frequently consulted for advice on the correct forms. Careful lists are kept of what is given to whom and what is received. ’, or obligation, historically in the context of the ie, or corporate household, and while the rhetoric stressed the maintenance of group solidarity and neighbourliness, formal gift-giving did and still does frequently mask or reinforce objective inequality of status.
Contemporary Urban Japan: A Sociology of Consumption (Studies in Urban and Social Change) by John Clammer