Comparative Perspectives on Gender Equality in Japan and Norway
Same but Different?
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This book compares perspectives on gender equality and diversity in Norway and Japan, focusing on family, education, media and technology, sexuality and reproduction, and literature as seen through a gendered lens. What can we learn from a comparison between two countries who stand in significant contrast to each other with respect to gender equality?
Norway and Japan differ in terms of historical, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. Most importantly, Japan lags far behind Norway when it comes to the World Economic Forum’s Gender Gap Report. Rather than taking a narrow approach which takes as its starting point the assumption that Norway has so much "more" to offer in terms of gender equality, the authors attempt to show that a comparative perspective of two countries in the West and East can be of mutually benefit to both contexts in the advancement of gender equality. The interdisciplinary team of researchers contributing to this book cover a range of contemporary topics in gender equality and diversity including; fatherhood and masculinity, teaching and learning in Gender Studies education, cultural depictions of gender, technology, trans experiences and feminism.
This unique collection is suitable for researchers and students in gender studies, sociology, Japan Studies and European Studies
Table of Contents
- Introduction: Comparative perspectives on gender in Japan and Norway
- Gender and home in Japan and Norway: Considering the past and contemplating the future
- Caring masculinity: Fathers’ childcare in Japan and Norway
- Education and gender in Japan and Norway from historical perspective
- Creating more equal partnerships: Home Economics education and gender equality in Japan and Norway
- Teaching with feminist values: A dialogical narrative analysis of gender studies educator narratives
- Making it in academia: A study of career narratives of men and women professors in Norway and Japan
- Masculinity in contemporary Viking and Samurai comedies: ‘It’s not really me, that fear-based leadership style stuff’
- Work-life balance and equality observed through advertising during the COVID-19 pandemic in Japan and Norway
- The struggle to belong: Trans and gender-diverse experiences in Japan and Norway
- A matter of gender (in)equality? Public discourses on declining fertility in Japan and Norway
- Assisted reproduction with donated eggs and sperm: A comparison of regulations on assisted reproduction in Norway and Japan
- Becoming a feminist academic in Japan and Norway: A dialogue with Professors Masako Ishii-Kuntz and Agnes Bolsø
- Comparative perspectives on gender equality in Japan and Norway: Reflections and lesson learnt
Masako Ishii-Kuntz, Guro Korsnes Kristensen and Priscilla Ringrose
Family and home
Guro Korsnes Kristensen, Priscilla Ringrose and Masako Ishii-Kuntz
Masako Ishii-Kuntz and Elin Kvande
Jennifer Branlat and Junko Sano
Vivian A. Lagesen, Guro K. Kristensen, Siri Ø. Sørensen and Derek Matsuda
Jennifer Branlat and Priscilla Ringrose
Chihiro Wada and Roger Søraa
Sexuality and reproduction
france rose hartline and Kei Ishimaru
Guro Korsnes Kristensen and Yukari Semba
Merete Lie and Yukari Semba
Jennifer Branlat, Agnes Bolsø and Masako Ishii-Kuntz
Priscilla Ringrose, Masako Ishii-Kuntz and Guro Korsnes Kristensen
Masako Ishii-Kuntz is Trustee/Vice President and Professor Emeritus of Ochanomizu University. Her specialties include family sociology and gender studies, and her research focuses on men’s childcare and housework, and women’s labour force participation. She was the President of Japan Society of Family Sociology (2016-19), and a board member of Japan Sociological Society. She was a member in the United Nations Expert Group meeting and in Gender Equality Bureau Cabinet Office’s committee. In recognition of her contribution to the international research and teaching of family sociology, she received the 2012 Jan Trost Award of the National Council on Family Relations in the U.S. Her publications include, among others, Sociology of Childcaring Men (Minerva, 2013) and Family Violence in Japan (Springer, 2016).
Guro Korsnes Kristensen is Professor in Gender, Equality and Diversity Studies at the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). She holds an MA in Social Anthropology and a PhD in Gender Studies, and her research areas are reproduction, gender equality, immigration and integration. Kristensen is the project manager of the research project Norway – Japan: Bridging research and education in Gender Equality and Diversity (2019-2022) funded by the Norwegian Research Council.
Priscilla Ringrose is Professor of Gender Studies at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. She has led two Norwegian Research Council funded projects on Paid Domestic Labour and on Integration of Adolescent Migrants. She has co-edited three anthologies: Paid Migrant Domestic Labour in a Changing Europe (Palgrave, 2016), as well as Fundamentalism, Globalism and the Public Sphere and Fundamentalism and Communication: Culture, Media and the Public Sphere (both IB Tauris, 2011). She has published widely on topics including migration and gender, migration and education, domestic labour, new media and Middle East war, Islamic fundamentalisms, intercultural cinema and 20th century francophone literature.