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Japan's ‘Socially Withdrawn Youths’ and Time Constraints in Japanese Society

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Kaneko, Sachiko

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Abstract This article discusses how time is conceptualized among hikikomori, or Japan’s so called ‘socially withdrawn youth’, through the narratives of hikikomori keikensha (those who experienced hikikomori) and also examines time and space management in hikikomorisupport context based on ethnographic data. Hikikomoriis an act of retreat from time and space constraints in society. Hikikomorisupport groups provide a place for them to be without feeling such time constraints, but this is not considered sufficient to get hikikomoriback into society. Hikikomori, which challenges the usual coordinates of time and space, may be understood as a kind of reaction to time pressures and role performances in Japanese society.
Classification Sociology of the Youth, Sociology of Childhood; Ethnology, Cultural Anthropology, Ethnosociology
Free Keywords ethnography; Japanese youth; narrative; social withdrawal; time constraints;
Document language English
Publication Year 2006
Page/Pages p. 233-249
Journal Time & Society, 15 (2006) 2-3
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)