EALC S-29 Study Abroad in Kyoto, Japan: Inequality and Society in Contemporary Japan
East Asian economies, starting with Japan, burst onto the center stage of global capitalism in the mid-late twentieth century. How were the lives of ordinary people affected? Who has gained and who has lost during economic growth and during the lost decades since the early 1990s? The course uses ethnographies, historical accounts, survey data, and other sources to examine the contours of social and economic inequality in contemporary Japan. From social class to gender inequality to homelessness to the status of Japans zainichi communities, we explore how and why some social groups are thriving in twenty first-century Japan and others are struggling.