Gender Role Attitudes in Japan: A Data-Driven Learning Guide
Goal & Concept
The goal of this exercise is to explore gender role attitudes in Japan and how they vary across different parts of the population. Crosstabulation will be used.
Gender role attitudes reflect social definitions of femininity and masculinity and define gender-appropriate behaviors based on culturally specific norms. Social scientists are interested in gender roles and gender role attitudes because they are often closely linked to gender stratification, or the unequal distribution of power and resources between men and women. Gender roles and their related attitudes vary significantly from society to society and can also vary over time. For example, in the U.S., expressions of gender role attitudes have become much more egalitarian over the last half century. This exercise will focus on Japanese gender role attitudes specifically in relation to work and the family.
Examples of possible research questions about gender role attitudes in Japan:
- Do men and women hold different attitudes about women's role in the family and the workplace?
- Do gender role attitudes vary by age?
- Do gender role attitudes vary by marital status?
- Are education and gender role attitudes related?
- How do gender role attitudes in Japan compare to those in the U.S.?
- Have gender role attitudes changed over time?
CITATION: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research. Gender Role Attitudes in Japan: A Data-Driven Learning Guide. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2009-04-16. Doi:10.3886/genderjapan
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