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Reworking JapanChanging Men at Work and Play under Neoliberalism$
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Nana Okura Gagné

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781501753039

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501753039.001.0001

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Reworking Japan

Nana Okura Gagné

Cornell University Press

This chapter focuses on Japanese men who are working men, family men, aging men, and complex individual men in twenty-first-century Japan. It examines Japanese employees' life stories as they are interwoven with work, family, and leisure spaces in order to shed light on the complexity of employees' lives and on the shifting meanings of various interconnected contexts that are obscured by the economic logic of twenty-first-century Japan. It also analyses how oppositional ideological systems and different individuals clash, operate, and create new meanings. The chapter reveals the restructuring and resilience that marks the ways Japanese employees wrestle with, navigate through, and manipulate dominant ideologies operating in the local and global economies. It discusses the salarymen's shifting identities since the 1990s and the relationship between gender roles, employment structures, and the neoliberal restructuring of the Japanese economy.

Keywords:   Japanese men, Japanese employees, salarymen, gender roles, employment structures, neoliberal restructuring, twenty-first-century Japan

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