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Coffee Life in Japan by Merry White (review)

Coffee Life in Japan by Merry White (review) utes to the literature on youth employment and nonemployment in Japan by exploring the types of processes that may be able to successfully reach middle-class youth, especially those in their mid-twenties to early thirties, who otherwise have fallen through the cracks. Given the tendency toward the individualization of problems in Japan (i.e., the tendency to attribute individuals' problems to their personal shortcomings rather than to structural reasons), processes that create a space where disenfranchised individuals can be cocooned, even for a short while, in a warm, supportive network of social ties is not trivial; these processes can lead to a regeneration of confidence and self-esteem. But how these individuals can proceed to simultaneously find meaningful work and also develop a sense of self-identity that depends less on their job than has been the case for previous generations is a different issue, one that remains to be tackled. Coffee Life in Japan. By Merry White. University of California Press, Berkeley, 2012. xii, 222 pages. $63.00, cloth; $26.95, paper; $26.95, E-book. Reviewed by Ofra Goldstein-Gidoni Tel Aviv University Japanese visitors to cafés are there "to watch and take note," so writes Merry White (p. xi) in an absorbing book about http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of Japanese Studies Society for Japanese Studies

Coffee Life in Japan by Merry White (review)

The Journal of Japanese Studies , Volume 40 (2) – Jul 19, 2014

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utes to the literature on youth employment and nonemployment in Japan by exploring the types of processes that may be able to successfully reach middle-class youth, especially those in their mid-twenties to early thirties, who otherwise have fallen through the cracks. Given the tendency toward the individualization of problems in Japan (i.e., the tendency to attribute individuals' problems to their personal shortcomings rather than to structural reasons), processes that create a space where disenfranchised individuals can be cocooned, even for a short while, in a warm, supportive network of social ties is not trivial; these processes can lead to a regeneration of confidence and self-esteem. But how these individuals can proceed to simultaneously find meaningful work and also develop a sense of self-identity that depends less on their job than has been the case for previous generations is a different issue, one that remains to be tackled. Coffee Life in Japan. By Merry White. University of California Press, Berkeley, 2012. xii, 222 pages. $63.00, cloth; $26.95, paper; $26.95, E-book. Reviewed by Ofra Goldstein-Gidoni Tel Aviv University Japanese visitors to cafés are there "to watch and take note," so writes Merry White (p. xi) in an absorbing book about

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Published: Jul 19, 2014

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