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Foreign migrants: 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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847428325.003.0003
Foreign migrants: inequality and deviance

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This chapter focuses on the tight social controls, discrimination against and very limited rights of foreign migrants. As subcultures, foreign migrant groups are permanent and non-permanent residents integrally tied in with Japanese society. They are the most powerless of all subordinate subculture groups in Japan. As foreign nationals without Japanese citizenship, they are denied political representation and are ineligible for nearly all jobs of public employment and several benefits and privileges accorded to Japanese nationals. This chapter discusses inequality for foreign migrant groups, which include all foreign migrant groups with a population of around 10,000 divided into three broad regional categories: Asian, South American and Western countries. It presents a class analysis with three interrelated parts. The first part of this class analysis details and describes the class status of the ten largest foreign migrant groups in Japan, which represent nearly 92% of the total registered foreign migrant population. The second part of the class analysis includes smaller but significant foreign migrant groups. The final and third part of this class schema consolidates and brings together the larger and smaller foreign migrant groups, elaborates on the ascribed occupational status of foreign migrant groups, and equates and charts the class stratification of foreign migrant groups into ascribed occupational categories.

Keywords: foreign migrant; discrimination; Japanese; Asian countries; South American countries; Western countries; citizenship

Chapter.  50792 words. 

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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