Family Violence in Japan

A Life Course Perspective

  • Fumie Kumagai
  • Masako Ishii-Kuntz

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About this book


This book provides fresh sociological analyses on family violence in Japan. Aimed at an international audience, the authors adopt a life course perspective in presenting their research. Following a comprehensive overview of family violence in Japan in both historical and contemporary contexts, it then goes on to define the extent and causes of child abuse, intimate partner violence, filial violence, and elder abuse. In doing so, the book is the first of its kind to look at these different types of violence in Japanese families and simultaneously incorporate historical development of individuals and intergenerational factors. Furthermore, its reliance on the life course perspective enables readers to obtain a broader understanding of family violence in the country. Written by five Japanese family sociologists who have identified various major sociocultural characteristics that either induce or suppress family violence in Japan, it is a valuable resource not only to scholars and students of the topic, but also to those specializing in sociology, psychology, anthropology and comparative family studies around the globe.


A life course perspective Child Abuse in Japan Elder Abuse in Japan Family Violence in Japan Filial Violence in Japan Intimate Partner Violence in Japan Life course perspective and domestic violence

Editors and affiliations

  • Fumie Kumagai
    • 1
  • Masako Ishii-Kuntz
    • 2
  1. 1.Kyorin UniversityTokyoJapan
  2. 2.Ochanomizu UniversityTokyoJapan

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Singapore 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-981-10-0055-3
  • Online ISBN 978-981-10-0057-7
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