1. Illustrates the workforce participation of women according to age
1. Women increasingly work up until about age 30
2. Then slopes downward when they begin to have children
3. It bottoms out when they are essentially done rearing their children
Family and Gender in Japan
Allison: producing mothers
The mothers expected to foster independence in children; contribute perform
successfully in school and later work
Female employees tend to concentrate in banks, security firms, dept stores (feel
they have more say in dept stores).
-routine jobs then quit at marriage to focus on family.
- Companies not required to treat all male and female employees the same
o Some were permitted 9 weeks of maternity leave, but not
o Hard for men to take childcare leave
o Mans resume is his job, womans is her youth and beauty
o Less educated are discouraged from joining the workforce
Careers & Commitment: Azumis B
1. There is now a Japanese budget specifically to support measures to raise
the percentage of women researchers in all science and engineering fields
combined from the current 10 percent to quantitative target of 25 percent
2. It seems clear that the domi
1. Women are biologically gentler people thats why
they should raise the children
1. Are gender roles enforced or can there be crossover?
2. Men usually have the powerthey are the dominant sex
1. Women have taken steps to gain power
of social isolation, a distinctive set of social and ethical values, and a set of
behavioral and taste makers including dress, speech patterns, and domestic
In John Mocks article he analyzes the lives of hostesses in the city of
Their substantial economic independence gives them perhaps more options to
marriage than other Japanese women.
High school or junior college graduates have been hired as OLs or
office ladies to perform routine clerical work, but graduates f
her group if they got hurt.
- Their choices reflect the constraints and opportunities that came with being a
woman in Japan.
- These gender expectations led by the media showed them as public figures, as
cautionary tales for young Japanese women.
- They a
Seikatsu Club Seikyo= 31 women created a nationwide network of women
- designed to help housewives to a better life through cooperatives that
organically grown food.
- Members from the club are referred to as "proxies" which is means that
theoretical perspectives with field research, this study will not only open up new
dialogues between gender theory and broader social science concerns but also provide a
superb introduction to politics in Japan as a whole.
36. In the video Women in Japan:
them. 37 Stories about leaving home and Ripples of Change are both similar in that it is
women telling their own stories but these two films focus more on the womens rights
movements and personality and attitude changes between generations.
Angel Plan: in
1. In class we discussed homosexuality in Japan in the context of permeable
boundaries. What does this mean? How does the concept of permeable
boundaries fit the situation in Japan?
Permeable Boundaries: context of homosexuality and the different ways peo
1. Employers got around this by setting much different
mandatory retirement ages for men and women
2. This was overturned in 1981
2. 1986 Equal Employment Opportunity Law
1. Banned sexual discrimination in recruiting and training
2. Called for equal treat
Class Notes: Jan. 22
Conflict Perspective: Major Points (Marxs view)
1. Focuses on social conflict and social change
2. Conflicts are a persistent feature of society
3. Conflict and its resolution is the engine of social change
4. Emphasis on historical a
Class Notes: Theoretical Foundations of Sociology (Jan. 15)
1. His argument embodies the driving concerns that intellectuals and scholars had for
studying social relations
2. Also shaped the foundations of sociology as a field
3. This is
Class Notes Jan. 13, 2014
What is Sociology? The basics and origins
Why do we care about video clip? (Miley Cyrus at VMAs)
The Sociological Imagination
1. C.W. Mills uses the term imagination to demonstrate how we can use the particular to
Sociology Notes for Midterm:
The Self, by George Herbert Mead
Distinction between the self and the body
Parts of body distinguishable from the self
Selfreflexive word, can be both subject and object
Contrast between our experience where outside activity i
Class Notes Jan 27)
Studying the Social World
1. Principles of and ethics in social research
2. Are mass shootings on the rise? If so, why?
3. Some data suggests that shootings are on the rise
4. Desensitization of violence and glorification of violence;
Class Notes 1/29/14
Assessing Qualitative Methodology
a. Helps better understand processes in social phenomena
b. Highlights subjective nature of human actions
c. Greater detail provided
d. Greater likelihood of truth (greater veracity)