ABSTRACT

This book compares perspectives on gender equality in Norway and Japan, focusing on family, education, media, and sexuality and reproduction as seen through a gendered lens. What can we learn from a comparison between two countries that 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 that 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 mutually beneficial 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, including fatherhood and masculinity, teaching and learning in gender studies education, cultural depictions of gender, trans experiences and feminism. This unique collection is suitable for researchers and students of gender studies, sociology, anthropology, Japan studies and European studies.

chapter 1|11 pages

Introduction: Comparative perspectives on gender in Japan and Norway

ByMasako Ishii-Kuntz, Guro Korsnes Kristensen, Priscilla Ringrose
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part Part I|40 pages

Family and home

chapter 2|21 pages

Gender and home in Japan and Norway: Considering the past and contemplating the future

ByGuro Korsnes Kristensen, Priscilla Ringrose, Masako Ishii-Kuntz
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chapter 3|17 pages

Caring masculinity: Fathers' childcare in Japan and Norway

ByMasako Ishii-Kuntz
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part Part II|68 pages

Education

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chapter 7|17 pages

Making it in academia: A study of career narratives of men and women professors in Norway and Japan

ByVivian Anette Lagesen, Guro Korsnes Kristensen, Siri Øyslebø Sørensen, Derek Matsuda
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part Part III|33 pages

Media

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part Part IV|51 pages

Sexuality and reproduction

chapter 10|16 pages

The struggle to belong: Trans and gender-diverse experiences in Japan and Norway

Byfrance rose hartline, Keiichiro Ishimaru
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chapter 11|18 pages

A matter of gender (in)equality? Public discourses on declining fertility rates in Japan and Norway

ByGuro Korsnes Kristensen, Yukari Semba
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part Part V|22 pages

Dialogue

chapter 13|15 pages

Becoming a feminist academic in Japan and Norway: A dialogue with professors Masako Ishii-Kuntz and Agnes Bolsø

ByJennifer Branlat, Agnes Bolsø, Masako Ishii-Kuntz
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Conclusion: Comparative perspectives on gender equality in Japan and Norway: Reflections and lesson learnt

ByPriscilla Ringrose, Masako Ishii-Kuntz, Guro Korsnes Kristensen
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