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Power in Contemporary Japan (Gill Steel editor)
- Gill Steel (Associate Professor, the Institute for the Liberal Arts, Doshisha University)
- Mito Akiyoshi (Professor, School of Human Sciences, Senshu University)
- Mayumi Nakamura (Associate Professor, Department of Economics, University of Toyama)
- Gregory Poole (Professor and Dean of the Institute for the Liberal Arts, Doshisha University)
- Hiroko Takeda (Professor, Nagoya University Graduate School of Law)
- Katherine Tegtmeyer Pak (Associate Professor, Political Science/Asian Studies, St. Olaf College)
- Gregory Noble (Professor, Institute of Social Science, The University of Tokyo)
Power in Contemporary Japan (Gill Steel, ed. Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) presents a complex, nuanced look at how power operates in Japanese society and in politics. It rejects stereotypes that describe Japanese citizens as passive and apolitical, cemented into a vertically structured, group-oriented society and shows how citizens learn about – and experience – power in the context of the family, the workplace, politics, and society.
In the second decade of the twenty-first century, economic growth is an ever more distant memory. According to some analysts, future prosperity is increasingly jeopardized by the demographic pressures that provide further difficult, costly burdens on a debt-ridden state coping with deflationary pressures and sluggish growth. As Japan grapples with the consequences of having one of the oldest and most rapidly ageing populations in the world, it is important for social scientists and policy makers worldwide to understand the choices it makes, since other developed countries will deal with similar issues.
Some of the authors (see “Speakers” above) will hold a round-table and take questions from the audience.
Book Editor: Gill Steel
Before arriving at Doshisha Gill Steel taught widely in Japanese universities, most recently in the Department of Social Psychology, the Graduate School of Sociology and Letters at the University of Tokyo.
Born in the north of England, she came to Japan shortly after graduating from Essex University with a degree in Government. After living in Nagoya for four years, she earned a PhD in Political Science at the University of Chicago, conducting research for her dissertation at Rikkyo University.
Her research is in the field of Comparative Politics, with a focus on Japan. Currently pursuing a project that explores the relationship between gender and voting preferences in advanced industrial democracies.