Japanese youth: inequality and deviance

Robert Stuart Yoder

in Deviance and inequality in Japan

Published by Policy Press

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9781847428325
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302049 | DOI:
Japanese youth: inequality and deviance

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The powerlessness of the youth in Japan makes them a most vulnerable target of the dominant subculture group. This is exacerbated in that youth are also at an age of rebellion and idealism apt to question the status quo in search of a new and better tomorrow. This chapter focuses on youth, their limited rights and powerlessness, relentless and discriminate social controls over them, and their rebellion against adult authority. This chapter presents the status of the Japanese youth offences based on types of misbehaviour acts and discusses crime prevention in Japan with regards to adolescents. It explains the reforms in education advocating greater attention to traditional values and authoritarianism in secondary schools that show a number of implications for youth in relation to inequality and deviance. It describes the working class and class culture. It traces the history of youth deviance in Japan, focusing on similar trends of conflict between the state and its network of adult controls over youth. Finally, it elucidates the misconceptions about youth crime.

Keywords: Japanese; youth; subculture; inequality; deviance; crime; misbehaviour

Chapter.  18367 words. 

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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