CAIRN-INT.INFO : International Edition
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Reference Points

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Part 1: Challenges of Social Policies

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Part 2: Family Changes and Resistances

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Part 3: Social Movements and Citizen Mobilizations

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Research on Social Issues

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On March 11, 2011, Japan experienced a devastating earthquake, followed by a tsunami that hit the island of Honshu. It caused the explosion of nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant complex. Along with its high death toll and number of missing persons, the catastrophe caused an ecological and social disaster. Its political repercussions deepened an existing split between civil society and government, but it is still too soon to measure its extent. The objective of this issue is to examine these changes while paying close attention to the social issues involved. Problems like the rise in unemployment, increasing job instability, and the appearance of new forms of poverty, along with changes in the traditional notion of family and new hope for more equality for an increasingly important portion of the population are all examples of realities that are rocking the traditional foundations of Japanese society, which according to some reflects a societal malaise linked to rising inequality, and explains the recent victories of the Democratic Party based on a social agenda. The first part of this issue focuses on social policy issues, including employment policies, poverty reduction policies, and housing policies. It also traces the development of these policies. The second part analyzes the transformation of the traditional family and the manner in which family policies have responded. It looks at topics like the question of marriage, single-parent families, and children born out of wedlock. The third part focuses on vulnerability and analyzes social movements and citizen mobilization toward new forms of solidarity, as well as the work conditions of caregivers.
Created in 1946, this journal is published by the French National Family Allowance Fund (Caisse nationale des allocations familiales) as a tool for reflection for social workers and a place for synthesis and debate for researchers and decision makers. Read more...
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