SSP Project

Comprehensive Survey of Social Inequality in Contemporary Japan

  • Explore the Relationship between Stratification and Social Psychology
  • Create a New Framework  for Japanese Stratification studies
  • Pursue the Nationwide Longitudinal Social Survey

Overview

Explore the Relationship between Stratification and Social Psychology

As a comprehensive researchers’ network, our project was established in 2011. The project title, SSP represents a network of collaborating researchers in Stratification and Social Psychology.

Create a New Framework for Japanese Stratification Studies

From 1970 through the 1980s, interest in social stratification in Japan was drawn to the “Mass Middle Class.” However, thereafter, with the arrival of the “bubble economy,” the exploration of the relationship between actual social status and class identification was deemed a thing of the past. In the quarter century of Heisei, the structural tendency of Japanese society has shifted from “generally middle class” to “generally unequal.” Understanding the relationships that enabled this change is a meaningful sociological task. We aim to set up a new framework of Japanese stratification studies.

Pursue the Nationwide Longitudinal Social Survey

One of our main purposes is to anticipate the coming trends of Japanese society, using social survey data and psychological experiments. To do this, we will carry out a nationwide interview survey in 2015. This survey will be called the 1st SSP Survey. It will be designed to maintain the time series comparability with the 1985 and 1995 Surveys.

Our data will provide Japanese society with the fundamental facts relevant to examine politics, industrial structures, and culture.