Theorising welfare, fatherhood and the decline of patriarchy in Japan

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Title: Theorising welfare, fatherhood and the decline of patriarchy in Japan
Authors: Rush, Michael (Michael Anthony)
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Date: 7-Oct-2015
Online since: 2016-10-07T01:00:09Z
Abstract: 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: Journal Article
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Journal: International Review of Sociology: Revue Internationale de Sociologie
Volume: 25
Issue: 3
Start page: 403
End page: 414
Copyright (published version): 2015 University of Rome 'La Sapienza'
Keywords: FatheringWork-life balanceParental leaveParental leaveGender equalitySocial policy
DOI: 10.1080/03906701.2015.1078528
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice Research Collection

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