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Japanese Science

From the Inside

By Samuel Coleman

Routledge – 1999 – 232 pages

Series: Routledge Studies in the Growth Economies of Asia

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Description

This new ethnographic study looks of Japan's scientists looks firsthand at career structures and organizational issues that have hampered the advancement of scientists and scientific research in Japan. It provides analysis of the problem of career mobility in science, the status quo in university and government laboratories, relations between scientists and lay administrators and the problems encountered by women scientists.

Japanese Science contests the view that Japan's relatively poor scientific record has been the product of cultural factors and instead demonstrates the crucial importance of moribund policy decisions in holiding back dynamic and ambitious scientists.

Reviews

'Samuel Coleman provides a profound and insightful critique of scientific organizations in Japan. The book is based on extensive fieldwork in a number of bioscience-related laboratories and research institutes. And, most importantly, rather than rushing towards his own judgements, Coleman provides ample space for the views and voices of Japanese researchers themselves.' - Robert Triendl, Nature

'The writer's combination of anthropological background, understanding of scientific issues and Japanese skills combine to ensure it is an approachable and comprehensive work.' - The Japan Society

Name: Japanese Science: From the Inside (Paperback)Routledge 
Description: By Samuel Coleman. This new ethnographic study looks of Japan's scientists looks firsthand at career structures and organizational issues that have hampered the advancement of scientists and scientific research in Japan. It provides analysis of the problem of...
Categories: Asian Culture & Society, Japanese Studies