Sociology

The Rise of the Feminist Movement in Japan


Akiko Tokuza (Author)
Price: JPY3,000
Publication date: April 15, 1999
ISBN: 4-7664-0731-8 C3036
Hardcover 230mmx155mm 302pages
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This study examines the progress of efforts, started in the early 1920s by the Shin Fujin Kyokai (New Women's Association) and accelerated by the U.S. Occupation of the country after World War II, to improve the political, economic, educational and family status of women in Japan. It focuses on the communication and organizing activities of Oku Mumeo, whose life spans the period and whose efforts have been influential in all four areas of women's activities.

There are six chapters, the first of which examines the relevant theories of communication and social models which provided models for the Japanese feminist movement. It also examines a body of Japanese literature that provides an historical account of this social phenomenon not previously available to non-Japanese readers. The second chapter details the social origins and context of the early Japanese women's movement. It describes the status of women under Japan's patriarchal feudalism, shifts that occurred as Japan modernized, and how efforts to improve the status of women resulted in a women's movement by the 1920s. The next three chapters document Oku Mumeo's development as a feminist leader, her activities at grass root and national levels, and her influence in changing the character of and bringing about the subsequent institutionalism of Japan's feminist movement.



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