By Miriam Toews
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Additional resources for A Complicated Kindness
Kitazawa, K. (2002) Sho¯nen Hanzai no Shakaiteki Ko¯chiku: Yamagata Mat-shi Jiken (The Social Construction of Youth Crime: The Case of Mat-death in Yamagata), To¯yokan Shuppan. Lamarre, T. (2004) ‘An Introduction to Otaku Movement’, Entertext, 4: 1. Loseke, D. and J. Best (2003) Social Problems: Constructionist Readings, New York, Aldine de Gruyter. Lynch, M. (1998) ‘Towards a Constructivist Genealogy of Social Constructivism’, pp. 13–32 in I. Velody and R. Williams (eds) The Politics of Social Constructionism, London, Sage.
Underlying all of these stories was the assumption that after their experiences overseas, each of these individuals had been unable to adapt to life in Japan and this had led them to either hit out at others or else turn their frustrations in on themselves. Others who had had similar overseas experiences were described as being bullied and ostracized because of their actual or presumed behavioural differences from children who had never left Japan. An hour-long documentary called Boku wa Nanijin Desu Ka?
New sub-categories may be formulated, in order to distinguish supposedly more ‘deserving’ sub-categories within broadly ‘undeserving’ youth types: a sub-category of ‘NEETs who wish to work’ despite Making sense of youth problems 23 not actually looking for employment at a particular point in time was highlighted within the main NEET category – viewed generally as comprising lazy, workshy youth – in order to support the enactment of certain policy measures (Genda 2005: 143). 6. Youth problems have, in the Japanese context, been strongly deﬁned by middle-class values and interests From the mid-1960s onwards, up to 90 per cent of Japanese people have regarded themselves as belonging to a monolithic middle-class.
A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews