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Compensated dating in Japan : an exploration of anomie and social change

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Author Udagawa, Yoshie.
Broad Subject Sociology
Summary Compensated dating in Japan was widespread among high school girls during the 1990s. At first, the definition of "compensated dating" involved dating an older man for money and schoolgirls regarded it as a part-time job. For some, sex became involved in the dating. With this addition, the meaning of this activity became unclear. High school girls viewed compensated dating as the easiest and fastest way to earn money. People also regarded this phenomenon as a youth subculture. Interest in dealing with this issue began around 2000 and the government began to take an active role in dealing with it. In this study, I argue that the emergence of compensated dating relates to Japanese cultural contexts and social change. The Japanese economy was dramatically expanded during the 1980s and became known for its wealth. However, the wealth created new types of serious issues, such as compensated dating (schoolgirl prostitution), NEET and Freeters, the undesirable usage of the internet, and the increase of child abuse and domestic violence. Today's Japan reflects Durkheim's condition of anomie resulting from the social transformations after WWII. I especially focus on the phenomenon of compensated dating and discuss contemporary social change, including the rise of individualism and the change of Japanese modesty in Japan.
Language English
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