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The globalisation of the world economy today means that more and more people are expieriencing working in another culture. Focusing on the real experiences of workers in Japanese transnational finance companies, this book not only throws light on this specific case, but at the same time raises timely questions and insights into the newly-emerging multicultural work experiences worldwide. Japanese Bankers in the City of London reflects on contemporary discussions in sociology, anthropology and cultural studies of individual global movement and cultural interaction. Whilst there are some studies on Japanese multinational companies in Europe, they have typically assumed stereotyped differences in management systems and work cultures. This book, however, breaks the mould by looking at the culture and individuals subjective views about their working lives and also their own world views; this perspective illuminates the difficulties in working relationships between Japanese and Europeans. Junko Sakai reveals, through 100 transcribed interviews, transnational working experience in the context of individuals global movements between East and West, and explores how the ideals and interactions of ethnicity and culture affect their lives. Japanese Bankers in the City of London corrects a number of myths; it shows how cultural differences are really talked about among staff in the face of other cultures, rather than taking standard differences between cultures as given truths. This book gives voice to Japanese men and women whose voices are rarely heard, and to the British who have worked for non-Westeners in the West. It is also a significant and timely analysis of the increasing influence of non-Western companies in the city. It will be of great interest to cultural anthropologists, business historian, sociologists and scholars in Japanese and Asian studies, as well as those involved in international finance and management.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415196017
ISBN-10: 0415196019
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x 19mm)
Pages: 296
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 18-Nov-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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