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Conclusion: Exceptions Are the Rule: <i>Families as Models of Diversity</i>

Merry Isaacs White

in Perfectly Japanese

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2002 | ISBN: 9780520217546
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520936591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520217546.003.0009
Conclusion: Exceptions Are the Rule: Families as Models of Diversity

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This chapter provides a conclusion to a book and discusses the conditions of family life in Japan today, stating how they reflect societal and demographic changes which the nation has undergone. Stripping away ideologies to display realities will be a necessary component of social policy as all populations shrink and age in the future. Within the volatile mix of demographic shift and economic bust, one can see a larger picture developing of the relationship between social change, economic environment, and family-making culture in Japan. The family issues of the late twentieth century have become the national concerns of the twenty-first, with political import beyond the private domain of the home. Family itself is a symbol of the nation but families themselves are the butt of criticism, urged by public rhetoric to correct the distortions. The representation of family as the source and solution for a national crisis provides an opportunity to look at the interplay between ideologies and actualities of everyday life.

Keywords: family life; Japan; social changes; demographic changes; ideologies

Chapter.  3445 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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