For large numbers of school students in Japan school has become a battle field. Recent violent events in schools, together with increasing drop-out rates and bullying are undermining stereotypes about the effectiveness of the Japanese education system. This incisive and original book looks at Japanese high school from a student perspective and contextualises this educational turmoil within the broader picture of Japans troubled economic and political life.

chapter 1|17 pages

Japanese students in crisis

chapter 2|41 pages

Methodology and comparative problems

part |2 pages

Part I Control: the structure of silence

part |2 pages

Part II Responses: conformity and resistance

chapter 7|29 pages

Ijime: the price of super-conformity

chapter 8|56 pages

Tokokyohi: Burnout and Resistance

chapter 9|9 pages