Unmarried Women in Japan : The Drift into Singlehood
(Routledge Research on Gender in Asia Series)
205 p. 24 cm.
This book aims to answer the question of why many women remain single in Japan, based on life history interview research conducted in Japan. it argues that singlehood increased in japan due largely to structural barriers and culture, which have caused many women to drift into singlehood.
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