Clinical Sociology in Japan


Clinical sociology has a rather short history in Japan, where it began, in a continuing way, in 1993. Although we do not yet have a consensus on the definition and theoretical framework, we share the practical concerns for problem solving of clinical sociologists in other countries.

This chapter is divided into four parts. First, a brief history of clinical sociology in Japan is presented. Second, my theoretical position as a clinical sociologist is explained through a self-narrative. Third, two examples of my practice in clinical fields are introduced. Finally, the contribution of a narrative social constructionist approach to the development of clinical sociology is discussed.


Social Problem Social Construction Discursive Practice Narrative Approach Clinical Social Work 
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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Social ScienceTokyo Gakugei UniversityKoganeiJapan

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