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Beyond a Standardized Life Course


2013, ISBN 9784788513242, Shinyōsha, Tokyo, 380 p.


Iwata-Weickgenannt, Kristina
Tanaka, Hiromi
Godzik, Maren


Beyond a Standardized Life Course Kazoku Shakaigaku Kenkyu 26(1) 2014
p. 59

Beyond a Standardized Life Course

Biographical Choices about Work, Family and Housing in Japan and Germany

Beyond a Standardized Life Course

This volume compares Japan and Germany from the perspective of life-course research. Divided into the three interrelated sections work, family and housing, the chapters explore the effects socio-economic issues such as population aging and the ongoing restructuring of the labor market have on individual choices. Throughout the book, particular attention is paid to issues arising from gender and age differences. The analysis of media representations of the changing life-course is another distinguishing feature of the book.


Shimazaki, Naoko
'Diversification of Individual Lives' and Life Courses: Institutionalization, Standardization, Individualization in Japan
pp. 2-22

Imai, Jun
Employment Reforms and Career: Diversification of Work and the Workers' Conflicts over 'Individual Lives' in Japan

Kamata, Akihito
Working without Being Employed: Life Courses and Signs of ‘New Way of Work’ In Japan
pp. 74-102

Ishiguro, Kuniko; Matanle, Peter
Men's and Women's Life Courses in Salaryman Manga: Analysis of Shima Kosaku and Salaryman Kintaro
pp. 103-132

Apitzsch, Birgit
Flexibilization in The German Labor Market: Towards a Self-Directed Working Life in Germany's Media Industry?
pp. 133-157

Tanaka, Hiromi
Biographical Choices of Unmarried Employed Women: ‘Normal Deviance’ in the Japanese Context
pp. 158-183

Iwata-Weickgenannt, Kristina
De-standardization of Life Courses and Representations of Singlehood in the TV Dramas Around 40 and Konkatasu
pp. 184-208

Hidaka, Yoshida
Place without a Wife: Time and Space of 'Boku' in Murakami's The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
pp. 209-231

Taga, Futoshi
Children as Risk? The Changing Meaning of Childrearing for Japanese Male Employees' Life
pp. 232-253

Meuser, Michael
The Discovery of the 'New Fathers': The Ambivalence of Active Fatherhood in Germany
pp. 254-276

Hirayama, Yosuke
Young People’s Life Courses and Housing Policy in Japan
pp. 276-301

Godzik, Maren
Life Courses, Housing and Elderly Women in Japan: Why do They Choose Communal Living?
pp. 302-332

Becker, Ruth
The Post-war Development of Women's Life Patterns and Housing in Germany
pp. 332-359

Mathews, Gordon
Ikigai [purpose in life] and Changing Life Courses in Japan
pp. 360-380

Current DIJ Projects

Life Course Changes in Contemporary Japanese Society: A Study of Single Working Women in Tokyo

Housing and living arrangements in Japan's ageing society

Challenges of Demographic Change