Non voglio più vivere alla luce del sole - il disgusto per il mondo esterno di una nuova generazione perduta

Non voglio pi vivere alla luce del sole il disgusto per il mondo esterno di una nuova generazione perduta Adolescenti che si barricano nella propria stanza e non ne escono per anni abbandonando gli studi navigando e giocando on line e mantenendosi con lavoretti via web vivendo di cibo spazzatura ordina

  • Title: Non voglio più vivere alla luce del sole - il disgusto per il mondo esterno di una nuova generazione perduta
  • Author: Michael Zielenziger
  • ISBN: 9788861920224
  • Page: 194
  • Format: None
  • Adolescenti che si barricano nella propria stanza e non ne escono per anni, abbandonando gli studi, navigando e giocando on line e mantenendosi con lavoretti via web, vivendo di cibo spazzatura ordinato per telefono o lasciandosi morire di fame Giovani che, se ragazze, non vogliono allontanarsi dalla famiglia d origine ma restare in casa servite e accudite come principessAdolescenti che si barricano nella propria stanza e non ne escono per anni, abbandonando gli studi, navigando e giocando on line e mantenendosi con lavoretti via web, vivendo di cibo spazzatura ordinato per telefono o lasciandosi morire di fame Giovani che, se ragazze, non vogliono allontanarsi dalla famiglia d origine ma restare in casa servite e accudite come principesse, il matrimonio o una possibile prole considerati peggio che inutili Giovani che, soprattutto maschi, si rintanano per mesi in giganteschi internet caf con tanto di brande e pasti in pronta consegna Questo, in Giappone Il disgusto per un mondo esterno sempre pi veloce e una societ sempre pi competitiva, il chiudersi in un bozzolo fino a un improbabile guarigione spontanea o, pi di frequente, fino all ospedalizzazione coatta o al suicidio sta per arrivando anche in America e in Europa, a partire dai paesi del nord Svezia, Finlandia e Danimarca in testa Team internazionali di psichiatri e sociologi si sorprendono a studiare e a definire una sindrome per lungo tempo limitata e occasionale, quella dello shut in del recluso , che sta mutando ed espandendosi rispetto all originale hikikomori giapponese letteralmente, il confinato , il chiamato fuori Da Michael Zielenziger, il corrispondente di un agenzia stampa che da Tokyo ha fatto conoscere per primo ai lettori occidentali il fenomeno hikikomori, il ritratto di un Oriente che sta cambiando e del resto del mondo che sembra destinato a seguirlo, lungo una strada della quale ancora non si conosce l uscita.

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    1. One of the things you learn about Japan when you get here - and you learn it pretty quickly - is that there can be a vast difference between the appearance of Japan and the reality of it. The faces that people show you, or even that the city shows you, is not necessarily their true face.Take Kyoto as an example: it prides itself on being a city of traditional culture, the touchstone of all that is Truly Japanese. When you first see it, though, you think, "Really? Because it looks like a big ol' [...]

    2. This book alternates between insightful journalism and bizarre conclusions.The first few chapters are a sensitive and well-researched investigation of this hikikomori (ひきこもり) phenomenon, of some three million adults who become total recluses from modern life, often staying in their own apartments. He asks their parents, physicians, and even is fortunate enough to interview these self-exiles from society.What does he find causes this? Childhood trauma, an intense and violent bullying sy [...]

    3. This book touched on nearly every Japanese socio-cultural ill that has plagued my mind since I began living here . Scathing in every dimension, often backed by insightful research and careful observations, the author paints a truer picture of Japan than most books. While much of the book delves into the Hikikomori phenomenon (shut ins, those who seclude themselves from society for a variety of reasons), many elements of social interaction in modern Japanese life are discussed. It makes for an en [...]

    4. (2.0) Feels like loose stitching of previous reportingKyusik and I have this thing about journalists throwing a bunch of articles together to make some money on the sidet we (or at least I) continue to pick up books on interesting topics only to be disappointed when the same thing happens.Well, chalk another one up. Zielenziger didn't even try to hide this from us. The primary piece of evidence is how frequently he repeats sharing the very same interesting facts and clearly writing them as they [...]

    5. This book provides essential insight into Japan's mindset as a country of largely homogeneous citizens who still trust only those in their closest circles and its younger generation's struggle to find their place in a banquet with too few seats and too strict a dress-code. What happens when democracy is forced onto a nation that has not fought for its rights? What happens when bullying becomes an accepted form of social feedback and women are given the same tests as men, only to enter into an ad [...]

    6. I do not typically read non-fiction; reading is less of a chance to learn and more of a chance to escape. Reading is slightly more mentally stimulating than, say, watching a movie or surfing the Internet, but the purpose is the same. I would rather read of the fictional adventures of a character or group of characters than to observe the what's-what of real life. Even so, I would have been a total idiot to overlook Zielenziger's book on the basis of, "my tiny exhausted undergrad brain cannot han [...]

    7. I enjoyed this book, with one complaint. All the information in the book comes from Zeilenziger or someone he interviews telling us "how it is." There are very few statistics or 'hard facts' anywhere, and that makes it difficult for me to imagine or care about the world Zeilenziger describes. However, it sounds like Japan's secretive attitude forces that sort of writing.Japan faces a host of weird social issues, made incredible by the coupling of an unbelievably rigid society with a difficult pa [...]

    8. While this book started off fascinating for me, by the end I was struggling to complete it. The information on the hikikomori were fascinating, as was much of the history, but I felt that by the end, the author drifted so far away from the hikikomori side of the book, I couldn't remember why he was discussing the issues that he was. For a long time, probably half the book, the author discusses not only Japanese history and religion, but Korean history and religion, and compares the two. He does [...]

    9. Great job from an outsider into Japan's hikikomori problem - boys (usually bullied at school) who just decide to "drop out" of society, not even leaving their bedrooms for years; there's also a discussion of the growing trend among young women to stay at home, refusing to marry, well past the traditional age of 25. Latter part of the book is a bit dry, giving social/economic/political backgground of Japanese society, as well as a contrast with that of South Korea, where the phenomenon is unknown [...]

    10. I enjoyed the first 1/3rd of this book, but as soon as it fell into `the only way to save Japan is through Christianity`, I was so put off, I could barely finish it. While I agree with a lot of what the author says about the future of Japan and about the need for some kind of revolution, this whole book felt like some left over journalism thrown together and sellotaped into a book. Such an interesting topic, but very poorly executed.

    11. What I liked most about Zielenziger's book is that he spends very little time talking about cultural differences between East and West, or between Japan and everywhere else. He explains in great detail the problem of Japan's disaffected hikikomori, and how they are the product of centuries of rigid thinking and decades of economic prosperity (and subsequent bust). Interviews with some of these people gives a personal focus. Refreshing.

    12. One of the best texts on Japanese culture that I've read, this book initially seemed like it would be a disappointment. Zielenziger starts off his book writing about the hikikomori, and since that discussion takes up the first several chapters, I initially thought I'd ended up reading a book on some uniquely Japanese psychological problem. The hikikimori are adults who live at home with their parents, usually holed up in their room. Unable to take the pressure of integrating socially, they choos [...]

    13. Shutting Out The Sun: How Japan Created Its Own Lost Generation, by Michael Zielenziger, is a fascinating look at contemporary societal problems in Japan. The central metaphor of the book is the social problem known as “hikikomori.” Hikikomori is a condition where, basically young men, few women have this condition, withdraw from the world and society by shutting themselves in their rooms and refusing to interact with their families and society. As far as it can be established, this conditio [...]

    14. I do not give out one-star ratings lightly. I read several books a week, rate them all on GoodReads, and this is the first one-star rating I've given out.The author seems to know a little bit about about a lot, but not a lot about even a little bit. Instead, he seems to have formed a bunch of opinions/stereotypes about Japan and everything he, the wise Occidental, finds wrong with it. Then, toss in a few carefully chosen quotes from authors whom he treats like objective sources (for example, Fra [...]

    15. 4/3/09 - I'm reading this, very slowly, before bed. Usually I pass out after a few paragraphs, which isn't fair because it's an interesting book. Right now I'm using it to distract myself from the two classes I'm taking, which are terrifically boring. I hope to finish this book within the month; at the same time, my classes will be over, and I will finally be free to jump into my ever-growing to-read list. I just keep adding and adding books and never get through any of them. It's almost time an [...]

    16. Rewritten and updated review (Sept 4, 2013)This work as approachable and well laid out for the most part. It is an examination of various elements of Japan's society that is causing it to implode. Japan is suffering for its unwillingness to evolve and accept or adapt foreign or new ideas. Once its society had reach its initial post World War II reconstruction efforts, it never re-established new societal goals and left a generation floundering for purpose. Unfortunately, the status quo and ruthl [...]

    17. Japan is doomed. I've long since realized that, and occasionally I seek a better understanding of the causes of that destiny. While I was looking for more economic analysis, "Shutting out the Sun" proved to provide a very interesting analysis of Japan's psyche.Above all it's the story of the hikikomori -- young men who withdraw from society and bunker themselves in their bedrooms for years at a time. Mere agoraphobics stay at home but happily welcome friends: the Hikikomoris refuse to talk to an [...]

    18. This book is about the 1 million Japanese, who shut themselves off from society for years. Per Zielenziger, hikikomori is a unique phenomenon in Japan, where its victims are smart and articulate, but at the same time paralyzed, lack energy and enthusiasm. The first half of the book is fascinating, analyzing socials causes, such as amae (parents helping their kids too much), lack of community, concept of God, and a rigid society and government system that has no contingency for their plan of havi [...]

    19. The content of this book was very interesting, but the execution is flawed. Shutting Out the Sun was written by an American journalist living in Japan, and while the outsider's perspective is really needed to tell the story, the fact that the book is written by a journalist is both obvious and a problem. The book reads less like a study of the problems of modern Japanese society and the causes that led to them than a series of articles about it. I think the book's editor really fell down on the [...]

    20. Interesting, but not facsinating. Zielenziger has the tendency to write as if he's doing a college term paper. At the begining of the book he says that he's going to let the individual Japanese hikikomori tell their own stories, but after one short quote, he lauches into his own opinions and findings and statistics for the rest of the chapter. I most enjoyed learning about the single Japanese women (dubbed "parasite singles"!!!) who refuse a traditional and expected life of marriage and children [...]

    21. A very insightful and important book on invisible social crisis which is interwoven into modern Japanese society that offers a broad overview of its manifestations and causes. I highly recommend it to everybody interested in Japan and sociology even though I dislike the way it portrayed the hikikomori as modern (quasi) martyrs, contains some contradictions regarding data and conclusions it presents and clearly underlines Christianity as the solution of the presented problem (also, mentions Slove [...]

    22. This book is absolutely intriguing, giving a rare and first hand insight into an extremely common but shunned phenomena growing amongst the youth and young adults of Japan. It gives rise to the frail intricacies of the human heart and mind. The author gives us as armchair voyeurs the added cultural, historical and psychological insights that have all blended in helping to cause rise to the Hikikimori. I enjoyed learning from this book immensely.

    23. I first purchased this for research purposes back in 2013 and have been returning to the book several times since, as it is more of a collection of studies rather than a coherent book. Unfortunately I feel like some of the themes are better explored than others and the author is sometimes drawing too straight lines and making bizarre conclusions. I would recommend this for reading on hikikomori though as it remains one of the few decent books available in English touching the topic.

    24. ultimately infantilizes japan and is culturally colorblind. proposes that christianity equates to "a modern" and successful culture and looks at Japanese culture through a narrowly western lens. doesn't acknowledge the many advantages of a collectivist and group oriented mindset and culture. less about hikimori and more about a western male critique of why can't japan be more like america?

    25. super interesting **BUT*** take with a grain of salt, the author is not Japanese (which is fine, he lived in Japan and worked for a Japanese newspaper) but some of the conclusions seem a little bias toward western religious beliefs THAT BEING SAID the book is well researched and cited

    26. Insightful book, but goes off on too many tangents (particularly making dubious contrasts with South Korea). Could have used a harsher editor, but still quality research for anyone interested in this curious form of Japanese malaise.

    27. More reviews available at my blog, Beauty and the Bookworm.Shutting Out the Sun is really about Japan in the first decade of the 2000s, and as such parts of it might be just a tiny bit outdated. However, there's still some really interesting stuff in here. The thing is, I think Zielenziger divided the book into two parts. A very interesting, well-written first part, and a second part that's basically just economic info and isn't as good for reasons I'll discuss more below.The first part of the b [...]

    28. I bought this book because I wanted to know more about the hikkomori phenomenon and initially found Zielenziger's book interesting. I could see from get-go, however, that his premise was extreme: Japan is falling apart. As a 17 year resident of the country, I usually see things considerably more positive than the average foreigner, so I thought okay, perhaps I can learn something. And the book did jar me a bit from seeing things unreasonably rosily, up to a point. I liked the reporting of his co [...]

    29. I typically write my reviews within a few days after reading a book. The feel of the book is fresh, not to mention tidbits the author has taught me are still at the forefront of my mind. Sometimes I wonder though whether I might write a better review months (or even years) after reading a book. It is then that the truly significant books can show their ability to hold their ground in my brain, even after the fluff of less impactful works has blown away with time.It's been about 2 years since I l [...]

    30. it's emblematic of 2006 that this book exists, that the focus now is on mental disorder, social withdrawal, the Japan that has gone wrong. few young'uns alive today remember the 1991 spree of "Japan unstoppable" books; or even the 2000 residual afterglow of "Japan supercool" books. by 2010, we have a spate of "Japan gone wrong" books. originally they said it was going to be a lost decade. then they said lost 20 years. now a lost generation. yeah, since 1991, it's been 22 years of consecutive eco [...]

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