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Reworking Japan: Changing Men at Work and Play under Neoliberalism

Nana Okura Gagné

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781501753039
eISBN:
9781501753053
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501753039.001.0001
Subject:
Economics and Finance, South and East Asia

This book examines how the past several decades of neoliberal economic restructuring and reforms in Japan have reshaped the nation's corporate ideologies, gender ideologies, and subjectivities of ... More


Introduction

Nana Okura Gagné

in Reworking Japan: Changing Men at Work and Play under Neoliberalism

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781501753039
eISBN:
9781501753053
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501753039.003.0001
Subject:
Economics and Finance, South and East Asia

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 ... More


Historicizing Japanese Workers and Japanese Capitalism

Nana Okura Gagné

in Reworking Japan: Changing Men at Work and Play under Neoliberalism

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781501753039
eISBN:
9781501753053
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501753039.003.0002
Subject:
Economics and Finance, South and East Asia

This chapter begins with a brief historicization of salarymen from the late 1800s to the early 1990s. It focuses on the formation of the socioeconomic category of the New Middle Class and the ... More


The Business of Leisure, the Leisure of Business

Nana Okura Gagné

in Reworking Japan: Changing Men at Work and Play under Neoliberalism

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781501753039
eISBN:
9781501753053
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501753039.003.0004
Subject:
Economics and Finance, South and East Asia

This chapter explores the shifting yet resilient meanings and motivations of participating in corporate outings for workers in twenty-first-century Japan. It centers on hostess clubs that show how ... More


Escaping the Corporate Shackles

Nana Okura Gagné

in Reworking Japan: Changing Men at Work and Play under Neoliberalism

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781501753039
eISBN:
9781501753053
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501753039.003.0006
Subject:
Economics and Finance, South and East Asia

This chapter reviews the life stories of individual men that complement their lived experiences with how they reflected and talked about the way they lived. It offers silhouettes that reflect the ... More


Weathering the Storms of Corporate Restructuring

Nana Okura Gagné

in Reworking Japan: Changing Men at Work and Play under Neoliberalism

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781501753039
eISBN:
9781501753053
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501753039.003.0008
Subject:
Economics and Finance, South and East Asia

This chapter concentrates on the individuals whose lives could be described as “weathering the storms of corporate restructuring,” such as the lives of salarymen, Matsuda-san and Takagi-san, that ... More


Conclusion

Nana Okura Gagné

in Reworking Japan: Changing Men at Work and Play under Neoliberalism

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781501753039
eISBN:
9781501753053
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501753039.003.0009
Subject:
Economics and Finance, South and East Asia

This chapter reviews the different meanings of the new middle class, which describe the historical and cultural configurations of postwar Japan and universalized notions of socioeconomic class used ... More


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