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This book concerns Japanese sarariman (salarymen) and their masculinities. It focuses on the construction of salaryman masculinities throughout their lives, exploring three generations of salarymen. In the Japanese context, in general, employees who receive a monthly salary, whether company workers or civil servants, call themselves sarariman. In this book, however, sarariman specifically refers to middle-class white-collar workers who work for a large company. Despite growing feminism that has gained strong government support after the bubble burst, hegemonic masculinity has been challenged less than one might think, as this book will demonstrate. The book explores similarities and differences across three generations of salarymen - described in these pages as Cohort One, Cohort Two and Cohort Three. The book aims to contribute to creating new knowledge of cross-generational transformation of Japanese hegemonic masculinity by applying the inter-generational approach.

Keywords: feminism; Japanese hegemonic masculinity; Japanese sarariman; masculinities



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