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Re-reading the Salaryman in Japan : Crafting Masculinities.

By: Dasgupta, Romit.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Routledge/Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) East Asian Series: Publisher: Florence : Taylor and Francis, 2012Copyright date: ©2013Description: 1 online resource (225 pages).Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781136238390.Subject(s): Corporate culture -- Japan | Masculinity -- Japan | Men -- Japan -- Identity | Men -- Japan -- Social conditionsGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Re-reading the Salaryman in Japan : Crafting MasculinitiesDDC classification: 305.310952 LOC classification: HQ1090.7.J3 -- D37 2012Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Cover -- Title -- Copyright -- Dedication -- Contents -- Acknowledgements -- Note on Japanese names -- 1 Introduction: salarymen in the 'Lost Decade' -- 2 Framing the 'macro': historicizing salaryman masculinity -- 3 Men's stories of becoming otoko -- 4 Becoming shakaijin: 'craftings' into salaryman masculinity -- 5 Working with salaryman masculinity -- 6 Working with heterosexuality: sexuality, marriage, fatherhood, and salaryman masculinity -- 7 Working with homosociality -- 8 Beyond the 'JTB-Man': looking back from the 2010s -- Glossary of Japanese terms -- Appendix -- Notes -- References -- Index.
Summary: In Japan, the figure of the suited, white-collar office worker or business executive 'salaryman' (or, sarariiman), came to be associated with Japan's economic transformation following World War Two. The ubiquitous salaryman came to signify both Japanese masculinity, and Japanese corporate culture, and in this sense, the salaryman embodied 'the archetypal citizen'. This book uses the figure of the salaryman to explore masculinity in Japan by examining the salaryman as a gendered construct. Whilst there is a considerable body of literature on Japanese corporate culture and a growing acknowledgement of the role of gender, until now the focus has been almost exclusively on women in the workplace. In contrast, this book is one of the first to focus on the men within Japanese corporate culture through a gendered lens. Not only does this add to the emerging literature on masculinity in Japan, but given the important role Japanese corporate culture has played in Japan's emergence as an industrial power, Romit Dasgupta's research offers a new way of looking both at Japanese business culture, and more generally at important changes in Japanese society in recent years. Based on intensive interviews carried out with young male private sector employees in Japan, this book makes an important contribution to the study of masculinity and Japanese corporate culture, in addition to providing an insight into Japanese culture more generally. As such it will be of great interest to students and scholars of Japanese studies, Japanese society and gender studies.
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Cover -- Title -- Copyright -- Dedication -- Contents -- Acknowledgements -- Note on Japanese names -- 1 Introduction: salarymen in the 'Lost Decade' -- 2 Framing the 'macro': historicizing salaryman masculinity -- 3 Men's stories of becoming otoko -- 4 Becoming shakaijin: 'craftings' into salaryman masculinity -- 5 Working with salaryman masculinity -- 6 Working with heterosexuality: sexuality, marriage, fatherhood, and salaryman masculinity -- 7 Working with homosociality -- 8 Beyond the 'JTB-Man': looking back from the 2010s -- Glossary of Japanese terms -- Appendix -- Notes -- References -- Index.

In Japan, the figure of the suited, white-collar office worker or business executive 'salaryman' (or, sarariiman), came to be associated with Japan's economic transformation following World War Two. The ubiquitous salaryman came to signify both Japanese masculinity, and Japanese corporate culture, and in this sense, the salaryman embodied 'the archetypal citizen'. This book uses the figure of the salaryman to explore masculinity in Japan by examining the salaryman as a gendered construct. Whilst there is a considerable body of literature on Japanese corporate culture and a growing acknowledgement of the role of gender, until now the focus has been almost exclusively on women in the workplace. In contrast, this book is one of the first to focus on the men within Japanese corporate culture through a gendered lens. Not only does this add to the emerging literature on masculinity in Japan, but given the important role Japanese corporate culture has played in Japan's emergence as an industrial power, Romit Dasgupta's research offers a new way of looking both at Japanese business culture, and more generally at important changes in Japanese society in recent years. Based on intensive interviews carried out with young male private sector employees in Japan, this book makes an important contribution to the study of masculinity and Japanese corporate culture, in addition to providing an insight into Japanese culture more generally. As such it will be of great interest to students and scholars of Japanese studies, Japanese society and gender studies.

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Romit Dasgupta is Assistant Professor of Asian Studies at the University of Western Australia.

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