Meeting with Konno Minako, Professor at the Department of Sociology of Tokyo Woman’s Christian University
Conférence organisée par Asia Centre en partenariat avec le CEJ.
In 1984, Takie SUGIYAMA LEBRA captured the remnant of Japanese women’s strong presence in the productive sphere, which was often associated with family and local communal relations, as well as the new aspiration that women had begun to express (Japanese Women: Constraint and Fulfillment). In 1993, IWAO Sumiko documented a clear trend of women’s polarization, women who understood their work as option, as one of their multiple roles as a wife and a mother, on one side, and women who regarded their work as profession, on the other (Japanese Woman: Traditional Image and Changing Reality). After more than 20 years, what is happening to contemporary Japanese women (and men)? To what extent those authors’ predictions have come true? This talk assesses the current trend and discusses a possible future.
Konno Minako, who holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Tōkyō, is professor at the Department of Sociology of Tokyo Woman’s Christian University. She teaches post-graduate courses within the field of human and social sciences, focused on discerning the emergence of social cooperation and cultural coexistence at a global scale, as well as lifelong human development. She is interested in both empirical and normative studies. Her empirical works focus on gender relations in the contemporary as well as historical Japanese workplace. Her works in normative social theory aim for constructing a vision of our better living together in a pluralistic society, with particular emphasis on the diversity of gender-related worldviews.
Her latest publications are :
“Kōsei na koyō kikai – seijiteki riberarizumu ni yoru ichi shiron” (Fair employment opportunity: An Essay in Political Liberalism), Annual reports of the Department of Sociology of the Tokyo Woman’s University, vol.2, pp. 43-60, 2014.
“Reconceptualizing Gender Equality: A Pluralist View”, Kokusai bunkagaku kenkyū, vol. 27, pp.29-49, 2007.
This round table will be held in English.
Les Débats Asie ont été conçus en 2006 pour confronter les expériences et analyses des décideurs économiques, des acteurs institutionnels, universitaires et de la presse, de France ou d’Asie. Ce cycle Japon vous propose trois rendez-vous à la Maison de la Recherche de l’INALCO en partenariat avec son Centre d’Etudes Japonaises autour des grandes thématiques stratégiques, économiques et sociales du Japon contemporain dans les relations internationales.
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