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The Politics of 'Hikikomori': Social Withdrawal in Japan and Beyond featuring Nicolas Tajan

November 03, 2023 Acid Horizon
Acid Horizon
The Politics of 'Hikikomori': Social Withdrawal in Japan and Beyond featuring Nicolas Tajan
Show Notes

Buy Nicolas' Book: https://www.routledge.com/Mental-Health-and-Social-Withdrawal-in-Contemporary-Japan-Beyond-the-Hikikomori/Tajan/p/book/9780367645724

Discover Nicolas' Book via open access: http://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9781351260800

This book examines the phenomenon of social withdrawal in Japan, which ranges from school non-attendance to extreme forms of isolation and confinement, known as hikikomori. Based on extensive original research including interview research with a range of practitioners involved in dealing with the phenomenon, the book outlines how hikikomori expresses itself, how it is treated and dealt with and how it has been perceived and regarded in Japan over time. The author, a clinical psychologist with extensive experience of practice, argues that the phenomenon although socially unacceptable is not homogenous, and can be viewed not as a mental disorder, but as an idiom of distress, a passive and effective way of resisting the many great pressures of Japanese schooling and of Japanese society more widely.


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Subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts: https://tinyurl.com/169wvvhi

Happy Hour at Hippel's (Adam’s blog): https://happyhourathippels.wordpress.com

​Revolting Bodies (Will's Blog): https://revoltingbodies.com

​Split Infinities (Craig’s Substack): https://splitinfinities.substack.com/

​Music: https://sereptie.bandcamp.com/ and https://thecominginsurrection.bandcamp.com/