Japanese capitalism and modernity in a global era : re-fabricating lifetime employment relations

Peter C.D. Matanle

Japanese Capitalism and Modernity in a Global Era provides an in-depth examination of one of the most central and defining aspects of capitalist modernity in contemporary Japan - the lifetime employment system. The book investigates the key themes surrounding the system, including the work attitudes and values of Japanese company employees and whether or not Japan is converging on Western forms of capitalist organisation. Peter Matanle presents and analyses original documentary data, drawn from extensive research within four large Japanese corporations, in order to explore these issues from the perspective of both management and employees. The findings are then discussed in terms of the development of Japan's capitalism and modernity. Contrary to the popular hypothesis that the lifetime employment system and the values of the 'salaryman' are changing in response to both the globalization of market capitalism and the achievement of material affluence, this book controversially argues that there has not been a fundamental transformation of the system's underlying structures.

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  • 1. Introduction: Researching Japanese Modernity 1.1 Work in Capitalist Modernity 1.2 Work Values 1.3 Institutions and Organizations of Employment 1.4 Japan, the Lifetime Employment System and the Japanese Salaryman 1.5 Research Methodology 1.6 Research Strategy 2. Japanese Capitalism and Modernity in Theoretical Perspective 2.1 A Theory for Modernity and the Individual 2.2 Tradition and the Self in Japanese Modernity: Tradition and the Japanese Relational Self 2.3 Modernisation in Europe and Japan 2.4 The Self and Modern Society in the West and in Japan 2.5 Contemprary Social Change, Globalization and Convergence 2.5 Conclusion 3. Lifetime Employment in Post-War Japan 3.1 The Origins and Establishment of the Japanese Lifetime Employment System: The Origins of the System, The Establishment of the Lifetime Employment System 3.2 The 1960s and 1970s Lifetime Employment System: The Principal Characteristics of the LIfetime Employment System, Systemic and Ideological Compatability, Flexibility and Adjustment 3.3 The LIfetime Employment System as a Transnational Institution 4. Re-Fabricating Lifetime Employment Relations 4.1 The Contemporary Structure of Lifetime Employment: Lifetime Employment, The Dependent Attributes of the Lifetime Employment System 4.2 Field Investigations 4.3 Change or Transformation, The Managerial Ideology of Lifetime Employment 4.4 Re-Fabricating the Japanese Salaryman 5. Working Under Changing Employment Relations 5.1 Needs, Desires and Values 5.2 Flow 5.3 Work Values in Japan: To Have One's Cake and Eat It?, Career Choice 5.4 Field Investigations: Career Start, Lifetime Employment at a Single Organization 5.5 Caught Between Two Modernities 6. Conclusion: Japanese Capitalism and Modernity in a Global Era 6.1 Review and Conclusions

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書名 Japanese capitalism and modernity in a global era : re-fabricating lifetime employment relations
著作者等 Matanle, Peter C. D.
Matanle Peter
シリーズ名 The Sheffield Centre for Japanese Studies/Routledge series
出版元 RoutledgeCurzon
刊行年月 2003
ページ数 xxii, 177 p.
大きさ 25 cm
ISBN 0415305748
NCID BA63546647
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス