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June 21, 2009

[SSJ: 5612] YOUTH WORK IN CONTEMPORARY JAPAN

From: David Slater
Date: 2009/6/21

Updated Program!

Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ)
Institute of Contemporary Japanese Society (Wakai
Project)

Presents:

**YOUTH WORK IN CONTEMPORARY JAPAN**

See TUJ homepage for more details and full abstracts of papers.
http://www.tuj.ac.jp/events/2009/0627.html


Saturday, June 27th, 2009 (Start: 14:00)

Special Plenary Session Featuring:

*Mary BRINTON (Harvard University)
*GENDA Yuji (University of Tokyo)
*KOSUGI Reiko (Japan Institute of Labor)

Sunday, June 28th, 2009 (Morning: 10:00-13:00 /
Afternoon: 14:00-17:00)

**Ethnographic Explorations of Work (see schedule
below)


Venue: Temple University Japan, Mita Hall 5F http://www.tuj.ac.jp/about/access/mita.html

Admission, free and open to all. RSVP not required.

Language: English, with Japanese welcome

For more information, please contact icjs@tuj.ac.jp
Host: Kyle Cleveland (cleveland@tuj.ac.jp)
Organizer: David H. Slater (d-slater@sophia.ac.jp)


Abstract:
In contemporary Japanese society, the nature of
institutional affiliation through work that once
secured individual social identity, structured life
course, and facilitated social intimacy has changed. As
the scope and nature of low-level service work has
evolved in the context of post-bubble economic recession, the
structure of offices and labor flows have transformed
middle- and high level work as well. These structural
changes have especially impacted young workers, whose
aspirations, skill sets, and career trajectories and
strategies has gone through decisive alterations, which
has implications beyond the context of the immediate workplace. The collapse of
stable distinctions between regular and irregular work,
between formal and informal labor, between work and
leisure, even between production and consumption, force
ethnographers to reconceptualize their understanding of
youth labor and its relation to larger structural
forces and historical contingencies.

This conference brings together the three most
prominent scholars of youth labor studies of Japan to
give their views of the historical contexts and most
contemporary situation. This will set our agenda.
Working within this frame, our papers for the second
day will present ethnographic research on work places
and workers, in an attempt to capture the institutional
contexts, the lived experiences, and psychological and
political struggles of young people as they attempt to
negotiate identity and meaningfulness today and for the
future.


SCHEDULE

**June 27: PLENARY PANEL (14:00 Start)**
Moderator: David H. Slater (Sophia University)

What is the state of youth labor in Japan today?
What contribution can ethnography make to our
understanding?

SPEAKERS
*Mary BRINTON (Harvard University)
*GENDA Yuji (Tokyo University)
*KOSUGI Reiko (Japan Institute of Labor)

**June 28th: ETHNOGRAPHIC EXPLORATIONS OF WORK**

Panel 1: WORKPLACE ETHNOGRAPHIES (10:00-11:30)
Chair: David H. SLATER (Sophia University)

*Konbini-baito: Youth at Work in Transitional Japan:
Gavin Hamilton
WHITELAW (International Christian University)

*Aiming High: Youth Employment in Tokyo Fashion:
Philomena KEET (Hosei
University)


*Milked for All they are Worth: Young Workers and a
Hokkaido Dairy Farm:
Paul HANSEN (SOAS)


*Maid Cafes: Ethnography of Affective Labor: Patrick W.
GALBRAITH
(Tokyo University)

Panel 2: THERAPY, REHABILITATION AND TRAINING
(11:30-13:00)
Chair: Amy BOROVOY (Princeton University)

*Hikikomori and Psychological Dilemmas of Youth Who
'Cannot Work':
Sachiko HORIGUCHI (Sophia University)

*Building a Working Class Future: Rehabilitating
middle-class

Hikikomori with Normalized Working-Class
Expectations:Michael DZIESINSKI

(University of Hawaii at Manoa)

*Making a Connection with Society: the Idea of Maturity
and

Independence.

Wakako TAKEDA (Waseda University)

*Counteracting Resistance: The Introduction of
Corporate "Coaching"
Training for Managers in Japan
Hiroki ICHINOSE (Tokyo Gakugei University)

Panel 3: POLITICS OF EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT
(14:00-15:30)
Chair: Akira SUZUKI (Hosei University)

*Furiitaa and Political Mobilization: Robin O'DAY
(University of
British Columbia)

*Struggles Against "Haken-Giri": The Strategies and
Difficulties of
Fighting Against the Dismissal of Haken Workers: Shinji
KOJIMA
(University of Hawaii)

*Young workers Labor Union and the Revival of Japanese
Labor Movement:
David-Antoine MALINAS (Tohoku University)

Panel 4: WORK/LIFE BALANCE (15:30-17:00)
Chair: Glenda ROBERTS (Waseda University)

The Motivation to Work: Work Values of Young Japanese
in Atypical
Employment: Carola HOMMERICH (German Institute of
Japan)

Doomed To Fail? Freeters' Search for a Fulfilling
Lifestyle: Emma COOK (SOAS)

Young Women in Tokyo and the Changing Definition of
Work: Morality,
Marriage and Flexible Capitalism: Vincent MIRZA (McGill
University)

Working as an "International" Preschool Teacher:
Perspectives on the
Organization of Gender, Class and Ethnicity in Early
Childhood English

Education in Japan: Yuki IMOTO (Keio University)


Unmarried Women at Work: Negotiating Obstacles and
Opportunities:
Lynne NAKANO (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)

Approved by ssjmod at June 21, 2009 01:59 PM