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Schooling Selves: Autonomy, Interdependence, and Reform in Japanese Junior High Education

Peter Cave


This book is an ethnography of lower secondary education in contemporary Japan, exploring the competing demands of autonomy, group socialization, and control in junior high school. It is based on fieldwork in schools conducted over more than a dozen years between 1994 and 2007. The book analyzes the implementation of major curricular reforms intended to develop more creative, self-motivated individuals, and shows how schools transformed the reforms to focus them on longstanding concerns about children’s social, emotional, and moral development. The reforms are situated within policy and media ... More

Keywords: ethnography, lower secondary education, Japan, junior high school, autonomy, reform, individualization, institutionalized, individual

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780226367729
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226368054.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Cave, author
University of Manchester