Social Mobility in Contemporary Japan

Educational Credentials, Class and the Labour Market in a Cross-National Perspective

  • Hiroshi Ishida

Part of the St Antony’s/Macmillan Series book series

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 265-310

About this book


The book is a study of intergenerational class mobility and the process of socioeconomic status attainment in contemporary Japan. The idea of 'Japan as an educational credential society' has been debated for a long time in Japan. The book empirically evaluates this idea within the framework of a cross-national comparison with the United States and Britain. The author also examines the patterns of class mobility in Japan within a cross-national perspective and reports similarities and differences in the mobility patterns among the three societies.


education Generation Hierarchie labor market mobility Nation

Authors and affiliations

  • Hiroshi Ishida
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Sociology and East Asian InstituteColumbia UniversityNew YorkUSA

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