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The Material Child

Coming of Age in Japan and America

Merry White (Author)

Available worldwide

Paperback, 288 pages
ISBN: 9780520089402
September 1994
$31.95, £23.95
As she describes the youth culture of Japan, Merry White draws comparisons with the interests and activities pursued by teenagers in the United States and the contrasting attitudes of adults in Japan and the U.S. towards adolescence. The result is both engrossing and enlightening.
Merry White is Associate Professor of Sociology at Boston University and research associate at the Reischauer Institute, Harvard. She is the author of The Japanese Educational Challenge: A Commitment to Children (1987).

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