ISBN-13: 9780226735283 / Angielski / Miękka / 1998 / 296 str.
In this firsthand account of high-risk car and motorcycle racing in Japan, Ikuya Sato shows how affluence and consumerism have spawned various experimental and deviant life-styles among youth. "Kamikaze Biker" offers an intriguing look at a form of delinquency in a country traditionally thought to be devoid of social problems.
"Ikuya Sato's "Kamikaze Biker" is an exceptionally fine ethnographic analysis of a recurrent form of Japanese collective youth deviance. . . . Sato has contributed a work of value to a wide range of scholarly audiences." Jack Katz, "Contemporary Sociology"
"A must for anyone interested in Japan, juvenile delinquency and/or youth behavior in general, or the impact of affluence on society." "Choice"
"The volume provides a sophisticated . . . discussion of changes happening in Japanese society in the early 1980s. As such, it serves as a window on the 1990s and beyond." Ross Mouer, "Asian Studies Review"
""Kamikaze Biker" is a superlative study, one that might help liberate American social science from the simplistic notion that behavior not directly contributing to economic productivity should be summarily dismissed as 'dangerous' and 'deviant.' " "Los Angeles Times Book Review""
This firsthand account of high-risk car and motorcycle racing in Japan shows how affluence and consumerism have spawned various experimental and deviant life-styles amongst young people. The book offers a look at a form of delinquency in a country thought to be devoid of social problems.