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Community Volunteers in Japan

Community Volunteers in Japan


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About the Book

Volunteering is a recent and highly visible phenomenon in Japan, adopted as a meaningful social activity by millions of Japanese and covered widely in the Japanese media. This book, based on extensive original research, tells the stories of community volunteers who make social change through their everyday acts. It discusses their experiences in children's activities, the parent-teachers association, juvenile delinquency prevention campaigns, and care of the elderly. It explores their conflicts and their motivations, and argues that personal decisions to volunteer and acts of volunteering, besides being personal choices, are productive of larger discussions of the needs and directions of Japanese society.
About the Author:

Lynne Y. Nakano is an Associate Professor in the Department of Japanese Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. An anthropologist by training, her main areas of research include self-identity, gender, mass media and popular cultre. She is currently researching gender issues in Hong Kong and Japan.


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Product Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780415546065
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Publisher Imprint: Routledge
  • Depth: 19
  • Language: English
  • Returnable: N
  • Spine Width: 11 mm
  • Weight: 290 gr
  • ISBN-10: 0415546060
  • Publisher Date: 01 Apr 2009
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Height: 234 mm
  • No of Pages: 198
  • Series Title: Japan Anthropology Workshop
  • Sub Title: Everyday Stories of Social Change
  • Width: 156 mm


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