Women, Work and the Japanese Economic Miracle: The case of the cotton textile industry, 1945-1975, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Women, Work and the Japanese Economic Miracle

The case of the cotton textile industry, 1945-1975, 1st Edition

By Helen Macnaughtan


232 pages | 19 B/W Illus.

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This book shows how, during the period of the Japanese economic miracle, a distinctive female employment system was developed alongside, and different from, the better known Japanese employment system which was applied to male employees. Women, Work and the Japanese Economic Miracle describes and analyses the place of female workers in the cotton textile industry, which was a crucially important industry with a large workforce. In presenting detailed data on such key issues as recruitment systems, management practices and the working experience of the women involved, it demonstrates the importance for Japan's postwar economy of harnessing female labour during these years.


'In placing the current situation of women in employment in its historical context, this book will be valuable to academics, students, to some extent general readers and, dare it be suggested, to Japanese companies and policy makers alike.' - Asian Affairs

'This volume… is a fascinating account of this well-known period in Japan's history. I would recommend it to anyone interested in the evolution of women and work, women's employment conditions, managerial strategies and the role of unions and the shap and form these take in a feminized industry' - International Review of Social History

Table of Contents

1. A Historical Legacy 2. Shaping the Female Labour Market 3. Recruiting Women Workers 4. Managing Women Workers 5. Educating Women Workers 6. Wages and Welfare for Women 7. Japanese Female Textile Workers in Context

About the Author

Helen Macnaughtan is Handa Fellow in Japanese Business and Management at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. Her areas of research interest include employment, labour management, gender and economic development in Japan.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia

During the nineteenth and twentieth centuries Asia has undergone immense and far reaching changes: war, revolution, occupation, industrialization. This series includes in-depth research on aspects of economic, political and social history of individual countries as well as more broad-reaching analyses of regional issues.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General
HISTORY / Asia / Japan
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies