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April 16: College of Social and Behavioral Sciences to host 33rd Annual Frontier Forum Lecture

Faculty lecture on globalization, Japanese youth


The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences will host the 33rd Annual Frontier Forum Lecture at 11 a.m. Monday, April 16 in Ostrander Auditorium.

Minnesota State University, Mankato professor of Psychology Dr. Vinai Norasakkunkit will present 'Caught Between Culture and Society: Youth and the "Dark Side" of Globalization in Post-Industrial Japan'.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

 Dr. Vinai Norasakkunkit will discuss the possibility of incompatibilities between individual-level and institutional level responses to globalization pressures and the impact on Japanese youth.

In the last three years, Dr. Vinai Norasakkunkit has been the primary researcher for an interdisciplinary research project on the “hikikomori” and the "NEET" (Not in employment education or training) phenomena, where millions of Japanese youth are dropping out of participating in society.

His research examines how Japanese youth are being marginalized in their own society as a result of senior elites protecting certain cultural and institutional practices from globalization pressures to make structural and ideological changes in the society.

Specifically Dr. Norasakkunkit argues that Japanese youth bear the brunt of the cost of such institutional resistance to globalization pressures. He further experimentally examines some of the psychological consequences of being marginalized in this way, including shifting values and shifting motivational processes.

Those who want more information may contact Denise Thompson, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, at 507-389-5699 or For further information visit

Those with a disability who need reasonable accommodations to attend the lecture should contact the Office of Disability Services at least five days before the event at (507) 389-2825 (V/TTD), (800) 627-3529 or 711 (MRS/TTD).

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