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- DescriptionThe Strange Child examines how the Japanese financial crisis of the 1990s gave rise to the child problem, a powerful discourse of social anxiety that refocused concerns about precarious ecomic futures and shifting ideologies of national identity onto the young. Andrea Gevurtz Arai's ethgraphy details the different forms of social and cultural dislocation that erupted in Japan starting in the late 1990s. Arai reveals the effects of shifting educational practices; increased privatization of social services; recessionary vocabulary of self-development and independence; and the neoliberalization of patriotism. Arai argues that the child problem and the social unease out of which it emerged provided a rationale for reimagining governance in education, liberalizing the job market, and a new role for psychology in the overturning of national-cultural ideologies. The Strange Child uncovers the state of nationalism in contemporary Japan, the politics of distraction around the child, and the altered life conditions of-and alternatives created by-the recessionary generation.
- Author BiographyAndrea Gevurtz Arai is a cultural anthropologist and Lecturer in Japan and East Asian Studies at the University of Washington.
- Author(s)Andrea Arai
- PublisherStanford University Press
- Date of Publication23/03/2016
- SubjectPopular Culture & Media: General Interest
- Place of PublicationPalo Alto
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintStanford University Press
- Weight318 g
- Width3887 mm
- Height5817 mm
- Spine18 mm
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