Theorising welfare, fatherhood and the decline of patriarchy in Japan
07 October 2015
07T01:00:09Z October 2016
This paper investigates social policies concerning men's transitions to fatherhood and the changing role of fathers in Japan. A review of fathering research reveals a predominantly agency-level emphasis on role-strain between work and paternal identities with a specific discourse of weakened Japanese fatherhood. Previous research suggested Japanese gender equality and work-life balance initiatives stalled due to an absence of women's influence within Japan's corporate culture. This study offers a historical perspective to show modern family policies were essentially rooted in gender-equality campaigns led by women's organisations dating back to post-WWII era. The findings situate Japanese social policy and epistemology in the international vanguard of a 'Nordic turn' towards structural-level research and improved social citizenship rights to support men's transitions to fatherhood.
Type of Material
Taylor and Francis
International Review of Sociology: Revue Internationale de Sociologie
Copyright (Published Version)
2015 University of Rome 'La Sapienza'
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