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Growing Up: Gendered Experiences In The Family

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In this chapter, I examine how childhood family relationships make an impact on the construction of the masculinities of the participants in my study. The chapter looks at the family life of the participants in connection, firstly, with the influence of pre-war government policy: the ie system and, secondly, with the state ideology of 'ryosai kenbo' or 'good wife, wise mother'; and, in the final section, it also explores boys' play in relation to peer culture. The assertion that women's lives in Japan reflect the history of Japanese policies in relation to global politics and economy (Liddle and Nakajima 2000: 17) also has considerable bearing on men's lives in Japan. The rigid ideas that the longitudinal or ancestral family transcends individual family members and continues in perpetuity and that the inheritance right of family business and/ or property belongs to a single successor, usually the first-born son of patrimonial lineage.

Keywords: family transcends; japanese policies; masculinities; patrimonial lineage; pre-war government policy; state ideology



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