Salaryman Masculinity

Continuity and Change in Hegemonic Masculinity in Japan


Here is an important volume offering new insights into the generational transformation of Japanese hegemonic masculinity. Drawing on thirty-nine life-histories of three generations of sararīman (salaryman) each working, or having worked for large companies, this book is an in-depth study of Japanese salaryman masculinity, that is, the ‘hegemonic masculinity’ in Japan. Through Japanese salarymen’s own accounts of themselves, the author investigates the construction of their masculinity throughout their lives; childhood, adolescence, young adult experiences, as well as work and family life. While changes are reflected in the participants’ narratives, little research has been done to link these changes in the performance of masculinity to the dramatic economic and social changes over the last century.

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Biographical Note

Tomoko Hidaka, Ph.D. (2006) in Social Sciences, University of Adelaide, is a Visiting Research Fellow at University of Adelaide. She has contributed a chapter for a forthcoming book entitled Home and Family in Japan (Routledge, 2010).

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Chapter One Growing Up: Gendered Experiences in the Family
Chapter Two Growing Up: Gendered Experiences in School
Chapter Three Love and Marriage
Chapter Four Work
Chapter Five Ikigai



For those who are interested in Men and Masculinities Studies and Gender Studies as well as Japanese Studies, especially such as gender, work and family in Japan.

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