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The Habit of a Lifetime? Japanese and British University Students’ Attitudes to Permanent Employment

Matanle, Peter (2006) The Habit of a Lifetime? Japanese and British University Students’ Attitudes to Permanent Employment. Japan Forum, 18 (2). pp. 229-254. ISSN 0955-5803

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This article presents analysis from a social constructionist perspective of data collected from British and Japanese university students on the desirability of lifetime employment at a single organisation. The article emphasises two related processes and in so doing helps to account for the diversity of employment structures both between and within the two countries as well as the persistence of lifetime employment in Japan. First, it shows that the two groups display some similarities in their attitudes but that their assumptions about employment practices in their countries may differ. These lead the two groups to develop the belief that they may be offered different outcomes and, thus, the students develop different conclusions as to the desirability of lifetime employment for themselves. Second, the research shows some differences in the students� approaches and these too lead them to reach different conclusions as to the desirability of lifelong employment. In addition, the research will highlight how, in both Britain and Japan, medical students� expectations are at times at odds with those of their colleagues in other subjects, and this may have important consequences for our understanding of how the respective employment systems are reproduced over time.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: This article is a post-review corrected version, and is the final version prior to publisher proofing. Readers are advised to refer to the published article for accurate citation and referencing. If you are unable to access the published version, then please contact the author at: p.matanle@sheffield.ac.uk.
Keywords: lifetime employment; permanent employment; attitudes; values; university students; social constructionism
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Social Sciences (Sheffield) > School of East Asian Studies (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Dr Peter Matanle
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2012 11:36
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2014 09:43
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09555800600731148
Status: Published
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1080/09555800600731148
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URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/43585

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