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Carola Hommerich

Carola Hommerich
Head of German-Japanese Relations and Comparisons Section
Sociology
Since April 2008
(Senior Research Fellows, April 1, 2008 - August 31, 2015)

hommerich@dijtokyo.org

Carola Hommerich holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Cologne. In her dissertation research she investigated the change of work values in Germany and Japan. Since April 2008 she is working as senior research fellow at the DIJ, where she researches on happiness and social inequality in Japan. Here, she especially concentrates on the interrelations of objective precarity and subjective perception of social exclusion. Her main research interests relate to empirical, cross-cultural research, social values as well as sociological approaches to social inequality.

DIJ Projects

Completed DIJ Projects

Trust and Subjective Well-being after 3/11 – results of a DIJ-survey

Happiness in Japan: Continuities and Discontinuities

Comparatively Happy – Objective Precarity and Subjective Exclusion in Germany and Japan

Great East Japan Earthquake

Memberships

Selected Publications

Books

2009
[With: Hommerich, Carola] „Freeter“ und „Generation Praktikum“ - Arbeitswerte im Wandel? Ein deutsch-japanischer Vergleich . Monographien aus dem Deutschen Institut für Japanstudien. München: iudicium Verlag. 293 p.

Editorship

2011
[With: Kohlbacher, Florian] Contemporary Japan 23, No. 2. Lifestyles in Transition - Antecedents and Consequences of Social Change. Contemporary Japan. Berlin and New York: Mouton de Gruyter.
2011
[With: Kohlbacher, Florian] Contemporary Japan 23, No. 1. Lifestyles in Transition - Antecedents and Consequences of Social Change. Contemporary Japan. Berlin and New York: Mouton de Gruyter.
2003
[With: Burgers, Jack; Vranken, Jan; Friedrichs, Jürgen] Anleitung für ein erfolgreiches Stadtentwicklungsprogramm. Beispiele aus neun europäischen Ländern. Opladen: Leske und Budrich. 116 p.

Articles

2015
孤立感―なぜ不安を抱くのか?[Feeling isolated – explaining experiences of uncertainty]
In: Yamada, Masahiro; Kobayashi, Jun (Ed.) データで読む現代社会:ライフスタイルとライフコース[Looking at present society through data: Lifestyle and lifecourse]. Tokyo: Shinyōsha. pp. 178-181.
2015
[With: Kobayashi, Jun] Are Satisfied People Happy? Disentangling Subjective Well-being in Japan
In: Trommsdorff, Gisela; Assmann, Wolfgang R. (Ed.) Forschung fördern. Am Beispiel von Lebensqualität im Kulturkontext. UVK Verlagsgesellschaft. pp. 201-216.
2015
[With: Kobayashi, Jun; Mita, Akiko] なぜ幸福と満足は一致しないのか ─社会意識への合理的選択アプローチ─ (Why do Happiness and Satisfaction not Coincide?: A Rational Choice Approach to Social Psychology)
In: Bulletin of the Faculty of Humanities. Seikei University. No. 50 (2015). pp. 87-99.
2015
Feeling Disconnected: Exploring the Relationship Between Different Forms of Social Capital and Civic Engagement in Japan
In: VOLUNTAS. 26 (1). pp. 45-68.
2014
Neue Risiken, neue Ungleichheiten. Wie gespalten ist Japans Gesellschaft?
In: Wördemann, Raimund; Yamaguchi, Karin (Ed.) Länderbericht Japan. Die Erarbeitung der Zukunft. Bonn: Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung. pp.461-476.
2014
[With: Kobayashi, Jun] 生活に満足してる人は幸福か: SSP-W2013-2nd 調査データの分析 (Are Satisfied People Happy? Analysis of SSP-W2013-2 Survey Data)
In: Bulletin of the Faculty of Humanities. Seikei University, No. 49 (2014). pp. 229-237.
2013
Adapting to risk, learning to trust: Socioeconomic insecurities and feelings of disconnectedness in contemporary Japan
In: Asiatische Studien/Etudes Asiatiques. 67(2). pp. 429-455.
2012
[With: Klien, Susanne] Happiness: Does Culture Matter?
In: Klien, Susanne; Hommerich, Carola (Ed.) International Journal of Wellbeing 2 (4). Special Issue: Happiness: Does Culture Matter?. DIJ Publications. pp. 292-298.
2012
[With: Bude, Heinz; Lanterman, Ernst-Dieter] Das Gefühl der Krise – Prozesse sozialstruktureller Verortung im deutsch-japanischen Vergleich
In: Soeffner, Hans-Georg (Ed.) Transnationale Vergesellschaftungen. Verhandlungen des 35. Kongresses der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie in Frankfurt am Main 2010, CD-ROM. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften.
2012
The advent of vulnerability: Japan’s free fall through its porous safety net
In: Japan Forum. Vol. 24:2. pp. 205-232.
2012
[With: Bude, Heinz; Lantermann, Ernst-Dieter] ステータス不安、孤立感、幸福度をめぐるメカニズムー日独比較調査の結果から (Mechanisms shaping status anxiety, feelings of disconnectedness and happiness – results of a German-Japanese comparative survey)
In: 中央調査報 (Chūō chōsa hō). No. 654. pp. 1-5.
2012
Trust and Subjective Well-being after the Great East Japan Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Meltdown: Preliminary Results
In: International Journal of Japanese Sociology. Vol. 21. pp. 46-64.
2011
Neue Risiken, neues Selbstbild: Japan in verunsichernden Zeiten
In: Chiavacci, David; Wieczorek, Iris (Ed.) Japan 2011: Politik, Wirtschaft, Gesellschaft. Vereinigung für sozialwissenschaftliche Japanforschung. pp. 259-294.
2011
[With: Kohlbacher, Florian] Editorial
In: Kohlbacher, Florian; Hommerich, Carola (Ed.) Contemporary Japan 23, No. 2. Lifestyles in Transition - Antecedents and Consequences of Social Change. Contemporary Japan. Berlin and New York: Mouton de Gruyter. pp. 129–132.
2011
[With: Kohlbacher, Florian] Editorial
In: Kohlbacher, Florian; Hommerich, Carola (Ed.) Contemporary Japan 23, No. 1. Lifestyles in Transition - Antecedents and Consequences of Social Change. Contemporary Japan. Berlin and New York: Mouton de Gruyter. pp. 1-4.
2009
What is important in a Job? Job Expectations amongst entrants to the labour market in Germany and Japan since the 1980s
In: Széll, György; Széll, Ute (Ed.) Quality of Life & Working Life in Comparison. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang.
2009
Wer sind die Freeter? Resultat eines Wandels der Werte- oder der Arbeitsmarktstruktur?
In: Distelrath, Günther (Ed.) Referate des 13. Deutschsprachigen Japanologentages. Bd. 2: Sozial-, Geschichts- und Rechtswissenschaft (=Bonner Asienstudien; 8/II). Berlin: EB-Verlag. pp. 37-62.
2008
Freeter und Generation Praktikum - Spiegelbild zweier Kulturen
In: Fischer, Andrea; Gotthardt, Tina ; Humberg, Kerstin; Lorenz, Tobias (Ed.) Drahtseilakt Leben. Junge Forscher zwischen Wissenschaft und Wirklichkeit. Stuttgart: ibidem. pp. 59-86.
2007
Japanese „Furîta“ and German „Generation Internship“: The “precarious post-materialist” as an extension to Inglehart’s theory of value change
In: Asia Europe Journal, Vol. 5. pp. 479-498.
2007
Furita und Generation Internship: A Cultural Mirror Image
In: Kusune, Shigekazu; et al (Ed.) Socio-Cultural Transformations in the 21st Century. Risks and Challenges of Social Change. Kanazawa: Kanazawa Electric Publishing Company. pp. 293-314.
2006
Wandel der Einstellungen zum Arbeitsleben in Deutschland und Japan
In: JDZB (Ed.) Publikation des JDZB zum Stipendiatentreffen des DAAD. Berlin: JDZB. pp. 182-199.
2006
Das Spiegelbild zweier Kulturen, Auszüge
In: Balmus, Petra; Unkel, Monika; Weber, Till (Ed.) Japan – meine Sicht, Studierende an deutschen Hochschulen schreiben über Japan. Ein Lesebuch mit prämierten Texten. DAAD.
2005
[With: Friedrichs, Jürgen] Wie misst man soziale Maßnahmen? (How to measure social measures)
In: Greiffenhagen, Sylvia; Neller, Katja (Ed.) Praxis ohne Theorie? Wissenschaftliche Diskurse zum Bund-Länder-Programm „Stadtteile mit besonderem Entwicklungsbedarf – die Soziale Stadt“. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften. pp. 45-60.
2003
[With: Friedrichs, Jürgen] Ein Blick über den Tellerrand: Erfahrungen europäischer Nachbarn (Widening the horizon: Experiences with urban development in European neighbour countries)
In: vhw Forum Wohneigentum, Heft 2, April/Mai 2003. pp. 104-106.
2002
[With: Friedrichs, Jürgen] EU-Projekt „Urban Development Programmes, Urban Governance, Social Inclusion, and Sustainability (UGIS)“
In: Nationaler Bericht Deutschland. Köln: Forschungsinstitut für Soziologie.

Working Papers (Book)

2014
[With: Hommerich, Carola] Feeling Disconnected: Exploring the Relationship between Different Forms of Social Capital and Civic Engagement in Japan . Working Papers | Reports. Tokyo: Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien. 22 p.
2014
[With: Hommerich, Carola; Schöneck, Nadine M.] Vorzeigenationen unter Druck? Wahrnehmungen von sozialer Ungleichheit und Statuserwerbsprozessen – Deutschland und Japan im Vergleich . Working Papers | Reports. Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien. Tokyo
2010
[With: Hommerich, Carola] The Advent of Vulnerability. Japans' Free Fall through a Porous Safety Net. Working Papers | Reports. Tokyo: Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien. 35 p.

Other Articles

2010
[With: Kohlbacher, Florian] Free no more: Japan’s experiment in individualism in the workplace has resulted in imposed precarity for freeters
In: The ACCJ Journal. January 2010. American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ). pp. 36-38.
2007
[With: Kohlbacher, Florian] Japans „freie Arbeiter“: individueller Lebensstil oder aufgedrängte Prekarität? (Japan’s “free workers”: individual lifte style or imposed precarity)
In: JapanMarkt, Oktober 2007. Tokyo: Deutsche Industrie- und Handelskammer in Japan. pp. 16-19.

Academic Awards

Teaching

Wintersemester 2013/2014, Blockseminar
Social Structure, Social Identity and Social Action in Contemporary Japan (Master Studenten)
Institut für Ostasienwissenschaften, Universität Duisburg-Essen

Summer 2013
Kakusa Shakai und Muen Shakai – Abstiegsängste und Exklusionsempfindungen im Japan der Gegenwart
Spezielle Vorlesung zur aktuellen japanologischen Forschung, Asien-Orient-Institut, Universität Zürich

Summer 2013
Social Stratification – Classic Theories
Faculty of Social Sciences, Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo

Winter 2012/2013
Social Inequality in Contemporary Japan
Faculty of Social Sciences, Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo

Summer 2012
Social Stratification - Classic Theories
Faculty of Social Sciences, Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo

Summer 2011
Classic Theories and Social Reality in Contemporary Japan
Faculty of Social Sciences, Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo

Wintersemester 2009/2010
Social Stratification, Faculty of Liberal Arts
Sophia Universität, Tokyo

Presentations

May 28, 2015
Liberalizations and Social Solidarity in the US, Germany, Japan and Sweden. Spring Meeting of the Research Committee on Social Stratification and Mobility (RC28) of the International Sociological Association (ISA), Tilburg University.

March 25, 2015
Trust – How is trust visible and part of Japanese society and how is it dealt with by Japanese leaders and employees?. Danish Embassy, Tokyo.

April 15, 2015
From Solidaristic to Neoliberal Values? Responses to Income Inequality in Japan, Germany, Sweden, and the US. From Solidaristic to Neoliberal Values? Responses to Income Inequality in Japan, Germany, Sweden, and the US.

March 14, 2015
5なぜ幸福と満足は一致しないのか̶̶社会意識への合理的選択アプローチ[Why do Happiness and Satisfaction not Coincide?: A Rational Choice Approach to Social Psychology]. 59th Meeting of the Japanese Association for Mathematical Sociology (JAMS), Kurume.

January 21, 2015
Die Bedeutung sozialer Geborgenheit - Soziale Bindungen und soziale Partizipation in der Muen Shakai. Deutsche Gesellschaft für Natur- und Völkerkunde Asiens (OAG), Tokyo.

November 13, 2014
Coping with Disaster – Trust and Subjective Well-being after 3/11. VSJF Annual Conference 2014 „Trust and Mistrust in Contemporary Japan“, Japanese-German Center Berlin (JDZB).

November 10, 2014
Die Bedeutung sozialer Geborgenheit – Gender-spezifische Effekte von Sozialvertrauen auf Ausschlussängste und bürgerschaftliches Engagement. 21. Gender Workshop Geschlechterforschung zu Japan, Japanese-German Center Berlin (JDZB).

August 29, 2014
No Man is an Island: Social Well-being as a Prerequisite for Subjective Well-being in Japan?. 14th International Conference of the European Association for Japanese Studies, University of Ljubljana, Slownia.

July 14, 2014
The Advent of Vulnerability: Socioeconomic Insecurities and Feelings of Social Isolation in Contemporary Japan. XVIII World Congress of Sociology, Yokohama.

April 29, 2014
Die Wahrnehmung der Differenzgesellschaft – Abstiegsängste und subjektive Exklusion in Japan. Lecture series „Prekarisierungsgesellschaften in Ostasien? Aspekte der sozialen Ungleichheit in China und Japan“, Institute for East Asian Studies, University of Cologne.

April 12, 2014
Seikatsu ni manzoku shiteiru hito wa kōfuku ka? SSP-W2013-2nd chōsa dēta no bunseki na hito wa shiawase [Are Satisfied People Happy? An Analysis of SSP-W2013-2nd Survey Data]. Meeting of the Social Stratification and Social Psychology (SSP) Research Group, University of Osaka.

December 4, 2013
Gefühlte Krise? Wahrnehmung sozialer Ungleichheit, Abstiegsängste und subjektive Exklusion – Deutschland und Japan im Vergleich. Institutskolloquium, Institut für Soziologie, Universität Duisburg-Essen.

November 22, 2013 - November 24, 2013
Einführung und Leitung der Konferenz. Inequality in Post-Growth Japan: Social Transformation during Economic and Demographic Stagnation, VSJF Jahrestagung 2013. Japanisch-Deutsches Zentrum Berlin.

April 24, 2014 - April 26, 2014
No man is an island: Social well-being as a prerequisite for subjective well-being in Japan?. Deciphering the Social DNA of Happiness: Life Course Perspectives from Japan.

June 30, 2013
The Impact of Trust on Socio-psychological Wellbeing after 3/11. 17th Annual Asian Studies Conference Japan, J.F. Oberlin University, Tokyo Machida Campus.

June 28, 2013
Wer schafft es wie in die Mitte? Wahrnehmung von sozialer Ungleichheit und Statuserwerbsprozessen – Deutschland und Japan im Vergleich. Kongress der Schweizer Gesellschaft für Soziologie, Universität Bern.

May 21, 2013
Coping with Disaster: Trust and Subjective Well-being after 3/11. 12th Meeting of the German-Japanese Society for Social Sciences (GJSSS), Reimers Foundation, Bad Homburg.

May 23, 2013 - May 25, 2013
Feeling involved – civic engagement and social well-being in Japan. Civil Society, Political Participation and Happiness.

March 18, 2013 - March 19, 2013
Introduction to the workshop. Social Inequality in Japan: A Reassessment.

March 7, 2013
Psychosoziale Konsequenzen des 11. März 2011 – eine empirische Untersuchung. Forschungskolloquium des Orient-Asien-Instituts, Universität Zürich.

November 14, 2012
ドイツの若者と仕事. オムニバス講座:ドイツの現在、日本の未来, 明治大学情報コミュニケーション学部.

November 3, 2012
東日本大震災後の不安と信頼の失墜 - ドイツ日本研究所の調査結果から (Anxiety and Trust after 3/11 – results of a DIJ survey). 第85回日本社会学会大会 (The 85th Annual Meeting of the Japan Sociological Society), Sapporo Gakuin Daigaku.

October 4, 2012
Vergleich als Chance – Forschung zu Japan und Deutschland am Deutschen Institut für Japanstudien (DIJ), Tokyo. 36. Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie, Universität Bochum.

September 27, 2012
Coping with Disaster: Trust and Subjective Wellbeing after 3.11. , Max Planck Institut for the Study of Societies. Cologne.

August 29, 2012
Japan nach dem 11. März 2011: Verunsicherung und Vertrauensverlust – eine empirische Untersuchung. 15. Deutschsprachiger Japanologentag, Gesellschaft für Japanforschung (GJF)/Universität Zürich.

July 12, 2012
Coping with Disaster: Trust and Subjective Wellbeing after 3.11. , Contemporary Japan Group. Tokyo University.

June 6, 2012
What is hope made of? “Kibō” after 3.11. , Kokoro Research Center, Kyoto University.

December 16, 2011
ステータス不安、排除意識と幸福度のメカニズム-日独比較調査の結果から- (Status Anxiety, Subjective Exclusion and Happiness – a German-Japanese Comparison). 定期研究会第10回(共同研究「セキュリティ/排除」研究会), Kwansei Gakuin Daigaku, Osaka.

November 21, 2011 - November 22, 2011
Status Anxiety, Subjective Exclusion and Happiness – a German-Japanese Comparison. Happiness – Does Culture Matter?.

July 3, 2011
Subjective Exclusion – development and effect on individual and societal happiness. Japan –Europe “KIZUNA” Project – Embracing Solidarity and Diversity in Community (Japan Foundation), Instituto Italiano di Cultura. Tokyo.

September 17, 2011
Perceptions of Crisis in Germany and Japan: Status Anxiety, Subjective Exclusion and Happiness. The 84th Annual Meeting of the Japan Sociological Society (第84回日本社会学会大会), Kansai University, Osaka.

August 25, 2011
The Aftermath of the Golden Age – Status Anxiety and Vulnerability in Contemporary Japan. 13th International Conference of the European Association for Japanese Studies, University of Tallinn.

June 25, 2011
The Advent of Vulnerability – Perceptions of Crisis in Present-Day Japan. 15th Asian Studies Conference Japan, International Christian University. Tokyo.

April 6, 2011
Perceptions of Crisis - a German-Japanese Comparison. Annual Conference of the British Sociological Association, London School of Economics.

March 7, 2011
Status Anxiety, Subjective Exclusion and Happiness: Perceptions of Crisis in Germany and Japan. 第51回数理社会学会大会 (Japanese Association for Mathematical Sociology), 沖縄国際大学.

February 8, 2011
New Vulnerabilities: Risk Perception of Regular and Non-regular Employees in Japan. International Symposium on Risk, Social Stratification and Changes in Institutions, Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania.

October 15, 2010
Das Gefühl der Krise: Prozesse sozialstruktureller Verortung im deutsch-japanischen Vergleich. 35. Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie, Sektion „Soziale Ungleichheit und Sozialstrukturanalyse“, Frankfurt am Main.

October 8, 2010
Perceptions of Crisis: A German-Japanese Comparison. 11th Meeting of the German-Japanese Society for Social Sciences, Hosei University, Tokyo.

March 31, 2010
Angst vor sozialem Abstieg – Empfindungen in Zeiten wirtschaftlicher Unsicherheit. , Deutsche Gesellschaft für Natur- und Völkerkunde Asiens (OAG), Tokyo.

July 15, 2009
仕事について何が大事?日独比較における若者の労働観 (What is important in a Job? Work Values of Youth in German-Japanese Comparison). Invitation to International Understanding, Lecture Series, Faculty of International Studies, Bunkyo Universität, Chigasaki.

July 4, 2007
Individualization and Changing Work Attitudes – Value Change in Japan. ICC Academic Forum, Waseda University, Tokyo.

June 12, 2007
Freeter and ‘Generation Praktikum’ – Changing Attitudes towards Working life in Germany and Japan. JSPS-Research Project “Wakamono Mondai”, Hosei University, Tokyo.

April 26, 2007
Fieldwork experiences in Japan. How to plan a PhD and finish it within a set timeframe. Institute of Social Science, PhD Study Group, Tokyo University.

November 11, 2006
Freeter – Generation Praktikum: Wandel von Werte- oder Arbeitsmarktstruktur?. Jahrestagung der Vereinigung sozialwissenschaftlicher Japanforschung (VSJF), Fachgruppe Soziologie/Sozialanthropolgie und Fachgruppe Erziehung, Hamburg.

October 15, 2006
Changing attitudes towards work in Germany and Japan. 9. Tagung der Deutsch-Japanischen Gesellschaft für Sozialwissenschaften, Kanazawa.

September 12, 2006
Wer sind die Freeter? Resultat eines Wandels der Werte- oder der Arbeitsmarktstruktur?. 13. Deutschsprachiger Japanologentag 2006, Bonn.

July 14, 2006
Wandel der Einstellungen zum Arbeitsleben in Deutschland und Japan. Stipendiatentreffen des DAAD, Deutsch-Japanisches Zentrum Berlin (JDZB).

September 29, 2009
Soziale Exklusion und Exklusionsempfinden – empirische Überprüfung des Prekaritäten-Ressourcen Modells in Deutschland und Japan. 14. Deutschsprachiger Japanologentag, Martin-Luther-Universität, Halle-Wittenberg.

June 28, 2009
The Motivation to Work: Work Values of Young Japanese in Atypical Employment. ICJS Wakai Project Youth Conference, Youth Work in Contemporary Japan, Temple University, Tokyo.

June 21, 2009
Freeter and Beyond: Are Work Attitudes Changing? Development of Work Values of Entrants to the Labour Market in Japan. 13th Asien Studies Conference Japan (ASCJ), Sophia Universität, Tokyo.

November 19, 2008
What is important in a job? German “Generation Internship” and Japanese “Freeter”. Sondervorlesung in der Erziehungswissenschaftlichen Fakultät, Tamagawa Daigaku, Tokyo.

August 29, 2008
What is important in a Job? Job expectations amongst entrants to the labour market in Germany and Japan since the 1980s. 10. Tagung der Deutsch-japanischen Gesellschaft für Sozialwissenschaften, Universität Osnabrück.

June 5, 2008
Freeter – Folge oder Auslöser eines Wertekonflikts? Berufliche Wertorientierung junger Japaner in nicht-regulärer Beschäftigung. Jugend, Arbeit und Beruf in Japan, Jahrestagung der Gesellschaft für Japanforschung, Katholische Akademie Schwerte.

May 19, 2009

May 19, 2009

April 18, 2007
Freeter and “Generation Praktikum” - Changing attitudes towards working life in Germany and Japan. Freeter and “Generation Praktikum” - Changing attitudes towards working life in Germany and Japan.

Curriculum Vitae


Since 4/2008
Senior Research Fellow at the German Institute for Japanese Studies

2/2008
PhD in Sociology (magna cum laude), Title of the Disseration: “Freeter” and “Generation Internship” – Are Work Values Changing? A German-Japanese Comparison.

3/2007- 8/2007
Postgraduate grant student at the German Institute for Japanese Studies

11/2005 - 3/2006
Research Fellow of the Japan Foundation at the Institute of Statistical Mathematics, Tokyo, and Chubu University, Nagoya.

4/2004-2/2008
PhD Candidate at the Research Institute of Sociology at the University of Cologne.

9/2001 – 3/2002
Exchange Semester at Sophia University, Tokyo, with a scholarship from Sophia University.

Summer 1998
Summer Course at the University of California, Berkeley.

1997-2004
Master of Arts at the University of Cologne in Sociology, English Philology and Japanology.

1978
Born in Bergisch Gladbach.