2000 年 2000 巻 13 号 p. 203-214
The aim of this paper is to reexamine the social stratification among migrant workers in Japan. Aoki (1992) states that it is based on ethnicity, along with factors such as legal status, social networks and labor skill. However, it has not been thoroughly considered whether ethnic differences are really the key to creating divisions among such migrants. Using research in Kotobuki, Yokohama, the author points out that it is hard to find any particular criteria by which stratification among migrants is established. In many studies of migrants in Japan, the concept of ethnicity, as ambiguous as it may be, has tended to be cited as a cause of existing situations and differences. It would be better to focus on the process of categorization of migrants, especially undocumented ones who become legalized.