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Introduction: Toward a Comparative Sociology of Gender

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This introductory chapter of the book presents a sociology of gender to reveal special characteristics of Japanese and other societies in East Asia. It compares how patriarchy functions in each of the societies examined. An observable point the chapter looks for is whether or not married women are being brought into the labor force. This is an example of the most important purpose of the book, which is to depict the gender situation in the societies studied by examining trends among housewives. The chapter also presents the structure and organization of the book. Part I of the book lays out the basic concepts and schematic the book will use. Part II discusses conditions in Japan, and examines the role of the housewife in the early modern era. Part III examines and compares gender issues and patriarchy in South Korea, Taiwan, North Korea and China.

Keywords:East Asia; housewife; labor force; sociology of gender



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