business--and almost all were married with families at home. Girls in the low-level schools (I generalize more than Yoder, who focused on diversity) did not develop specific ambitions concerning jobs or future professions. Almost all of them married early and were housewives staying at home with small children by the time of the final survey. Quite a few of the girls in better schools developed educational and job ambitions. They were the most diverse group, some of them taking care of children and household but others searching for ways to combine work and family. Girls from all groups, whether growing up in working-class families or in middle-class homes, thereby somehow distinguished themselves from their mothers' lifestyle. Only the future will show if changing gender constellations will break up the determination by which Yoder characterizes the reproduction of classes. I recommend this book highly to everybody interested in understanding processes of growing up in Japan. Yoder aims at a detailed understanding and is less oriented at looking for models or quick solutions. Discussing his results in the context of the Japanese literature on youth delinquency would have been an additional challenge. My wish in a second edition would be
The Journal of Japanese Studies – Society for Japanese Studies
Published: Jul 13, 2006
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