Research Essay
You are required to research for and write a maximum 3,000 word essay in your own timeThe word count includes all aspects of the essay except the list of references. The essay will allow students
to explore one or more of the topics covered by the module in greater depth. The essay is assessed in the following categories: Introduction, Conclusion, Use of relevant sources, Critical analysis,
Original-ity, Structure and organization, Referencing, and Style (including grammar & spelling). The essay will be typed, double spaced, and you will be expected to comply with departmental
regulations on cita-tions and references, as well as regulations concerning accompanying documentation.
Question:In what respects, and why, have war and deprivation influenced the development of East Asian work values? Justify your answer using examples from China, Japan and South Korea.
3000 words
The primary reading material for this module is composed of the course text and some course readings. Below you will also find some highly recommended and recommended books. In addition, you are
expected to search for articles in academic journals and press organs using your own initiative. Plenty of guidance on how to access academic journals can be gained from the university library, and
you should use your own good judg-ment and discretion when accessing other materials such as newspapers, magazines and some internet pub-lications. I expect that you will take the bulk of your
reading from books and academic journals and only use press and other materials to support these, as and when absolutely necessary.
Course Texts
Grint, Keith (2005) The Sociology of Work, London: Sage.
Keister, L. (ed) (2009) Work and Organizations in China after Thirty Years of Transition, Bingley: Emerald.
Mouer, Ross and Kawanishi, Hirosuke (2005) A Sociology of Work in Japan, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
Rowley, Chris and Paik, Yongsun (eds) (2009) The Changing Face of Korean Management, London: Routledge.
Essential Reading
Grint, Keith (2005) ‘What is Work?’ Chapter 1 (pp. 6-44) in The Sociology of Work (3rd edition), London: Sage.
Sugimoto, Yoshio (1997) ‘Varieties in Work and Labour’, Chapter 4 (pp. 79-106) in An Introduction to Japanese Society, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Rebick, Marcus (2005) ‘The Japanese Employment System’, Chapter 2 (pp. 13-33) in The Japanese Employment System: Adapting to a New Economic Environment, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Matanle P. and Matsui, K. (2011) Lifetime Employment in 21st Century Japan: Stability and Resilience Under Pressure in the Japanese Management System, In S. A. Horn (ed.) Emerging perspectives in
Japanese human resource management, Berlin: Peter Lang: 15-44. Available at:
Mouer, Ross and Kawanishi, Hirosuke (2005) ‘Hours of Work, Labour Force Participation and the Work Ethic’, Chapter 4 (pp. 69-93) in A Sociology of Work in Japan, Cambridge: Cambridge University
Ogasawara, Yuko (1998) ‘The Japanese Labor Market and Office Ladies’, Chapter 1 (pp. 17-43) in Office Ladies and Salaried Men: Power, Gender and Work in Japanese Companies, Berkeley: University of
California Press.
Stroeber, Myra H. and Chan, Agnes Miling Kaneko (2001) ‘How Did the Graduates Combine Career and Mar-riage?’ Chapter 4 (pp. 85-147) in The Road Winds Uphill all the Way: Gender, Work, and Family in
the United States and Japan, Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press.
Whittaker, D.H. (1997) ‘Employment, Skills and Technology’, Chapter 8 (pp. 143-163) in Small Firms in the Jap-anese Economy, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Kumazawa, Makoto (1996) ‘Twenty Years of a Bank Worker’s Life’, in Chapter 8 (pp. 205-247) Portraits of the Japanese Workplace: Labor Movements, Workers, and Managers, Boulder: Westview Press.
Gill, Tom (2001) ‘Ethnography of Kotobuki’, Chapter 3 (pp. 37-79) in Men of Uncertainty: The Social Organiza-tion of Day Laborers in Contemporary Japan, New York: SUNY Press.
Thang, Leng Leng (2006) ‘Defining a Second Career: Volunteering Among Seniors in Japan’, Chapter 12 (pp. 227-247) in Matanle, Peter and Lunsing, Wim (eds) Perspectives on Work, Employment and
Society in Japan, Basingstoke: Palgrave.
Highly Recommended Reading
Brinton, Mary (2011) Lost in Transition: youth, work, and instability in postindustrial Japan, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
Broadbent, Kaye (2003) Women’s Employment in Japan: The Experience of Part-time Workers, London: Routledge.
Freedman, Alisa, Miller, Laura, and Yano, Christina Reiko (2013) Modern girls on the go: gender, mobility, and labor in Japan, Stanford: Stanford University Press.
Hart, Robert and Kawasaki, Seiichi (eds) (1999) Work and Pay in Japan, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
JILPT (2001-13) Labor Situation in Japan and Analysis, Tokyo: Japan Institute for Labour Policy and Training, All volumes available at:
JILPT (2004-13) Japanese Working Life Profile, Tokyo: Japan Institute for Labour Policy and Training, All volumes available at:
JILPT (2004-14) Japan Labor Review, Tokyo: Japan Institute for Labour Policy and Training, All volumes available at:
Koike, Kazuo (1995) The Economics of Work in Japan, Tokyo: LTCB International Library Foundation.

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