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Unmarried Women in Japan

The drift into singlehood, 1st Edition

By Akiko Yoshida


206 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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Yoshida addresses the common misconceptions of single, never-married women and aims to uncover the major social and cultural factors contributing to this phenomenon in Japan. Based on interviews with married and never-married women aged 25-46, she argues that the increasing rate of female singlehood is largely due to structural barriers and a culture that has failed to keep up with economic changes.

Here is an academic book that is also reader-friendly to the general audience, it presents evidence from the interview transcripts in rich detail as well as insightful analysis. Important sociological concepts and theories are also briefly explained to guide student readers in making connections. Thus, this book not only serves to enlighten readers on current issues in Japan – it also provides sociological perspectives on contemporary gender inequality.

Table of Contents

01. Acknowledgments

02. Introduction: The Drift into Singlehood

03. Chapter 2: Decline of Marriage Age Norm: Cohort Effects and Anomie

04. Chapter 3: Limited Chances of Romance and Problematic Men: Structural Barriers and Gender Ideology

05. Chapter 4: Cohort Contrast in Marriages that Surrounded Women: Impacts of Linked Lives

06. Chapter 5: Women’s Ideas about Gender Roles: Persistence of Traditional Gender Ideology

07. Chapter 6: Why Aren’t Japanese Women Getting Married?

08. Conclusion and Implications

09. Appendix

10. Notes

11. Bibliography

12. Index

About the Author

Akiko Yoshida is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Marriage & Family
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies