Marriage and Fertility Behaviour in Japan

Economic Status and Value-Orientation

Authors: Fukuda, Nobutaka

  • Focuses on the influence of ideational and socio-economic changes on marriage and fertility in Japan 
  • Details characteristic attitudes toward partnership and family relations in Japan
  • Considers the influence of value-orientation on marriage and fertility patterns in contemporary Japan
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This monograph examines the influence of ideational and socio-economic factors on Japanese marriage and fertility behaviour. It also investigates the historical change in attitudes toward partnership and family in Japan, which, if current trends continue, can lead to population shrinkage and an asymmetrical age structure.
The author first details the differences between ideational and economic approaches. He examines these two behavioural models from a viewpoint of rational choice theory, which he then follows with a discussion on the influence of institutional contexts on matrimony and childbirth. Next, the book considers salient features of Japanese marriage behaviour, including the relation between these patterns and changes in society and the influence of marriage on attitudes toward partnership and family relations. Coverage then goes on to explore the influence of ideational factors on fertility and analyse the impact of childbirth on couples' attitudes. The author also investigates attitudinal changes between generations in Japan. He provides a theoretical review on the relation between socio-economic development and value-orientation as well as looks at the difference in attitudes from a viewpoint of cohorts and periods.  Overall, the book presents an authoritative, theoretical and empirical analysis using data from panel and repeated cross-sectional surveys. Throughout, the author clearly identifies the sources of his data as well as the methods used in his analysis. 

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Nobutaka Fukuda is a professor at Tohoku University, Japan, where he teaches Sociology and Social Statistics. He was a visiting researcher at the University of Oxford in 2000, the University of Chicago in 2012, and the University of California, Berkeley in 2014. After obtaining his BA in Economics and MA in Sociology of Education in Japan, he continued his research into Japanese Family at the University of Oxford. He received his doctorate from the University of Oxford, and writes many articles and books concerning Japanese family. He is one of the leading researchers on low fertility in Japan, and studies the relation between family formation and ideational change caused by socio-economic development. He is currently working on a comparative study of partnership, fertility, and intergenerational relations between Japan and other developed countries.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction

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    Pages 1-9

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  • Economic and Ideational Theories of Marriage and Fertility Behaviour

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    Pages 11-39

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  • Economic Change, Value Shift and Marriage Behaviour

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    Pages 41-88

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  • Economic Change, Value Shift and Fertility Behaviour

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    Pages 89-130

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  • Stability and Change in Value-Orientations

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    Pages 131-161

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eBook 74,96 €
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Hardcover 89,99 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Marriage and Fertility Behaviour in Japan
Book Subtitle
Economic Status and Value-Orientation
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Singapore
eBook ISBN
978-981-10-0294-6
DOI
10.1007/978-981-10-0294-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-10-0292-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 183
Number of Illustrations and Tables
28 b/w illustrations
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