Japanese Sociology in a Global Network. Internationalization, Disciplinary Development, and Minority Integration in the Road Ahead

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The dual trajectories of Japanese sociology and Japan itself are poised at a watershed moment in their shared history. In recent years, Japanese sociology has enlarged its international presence in unprecedented fashion and the Tokyo Olympics have positioned the global spotlight on the entire nation of Japan, making it an opportune moment to reflect on the future of Japanese sociology in connection to Japanese society by way of internationalization. This article draws on the author's reflections on the latest 92nd Japan Sociological Society Annual Conference in the context of recent socio-structural and intellectual transformations in counterpart sociological cultures in Anglo-America. Drawing on three theorizations of disciplinary development by Abbott, Connell, and Burawoy, this article articulates two dimensions (socio-structural and intellectual) with which to examine (i) what Japanese sociology can contribute to improve the internationalization decolonization, and pluralization of global sociology; and (ii) what global sociology can do to advance Japanese sociology's public contribution to improving and preserving LGBTQ minorities' societal well-being.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)94-121
Number of pages28
JournalInternational Journal of Japanese Sociology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2021


  • disciplinary development
  • internationalization
  • LGBTQ minority

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science

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