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Cooperation over conflict : the women's movement and the state in contemporary Japan

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dc.contributor.advisor Richard J. Samules. en_US Murase, Miriam Y. (Miriam Yuko), 1967- en_US
dc.contributor.other Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Political Science. en_US
dc.coverage.spatial a-ja--- en_US 2005-08-24T22:11:06Z 2005-08-24T22:11:06Z 2003 en_US 2003 en_US
dc.description Thesis (Ph. D.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Political Science, 2003. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 198-208). en_US
dc.description.abstract Progress on women's equality in Japan is found to be constrained by state intervention in the women's movement. This intervention takes the form of regulations that limit the independence of women's group, as well as resources that aid and influence their activities. The result is a relationship between women and the state that is more cooperative than conflictual. For this reason, social change is necessarily slow, as it is achieved through constant consultation and compromise. These findings were reached through an examination of women's organizations, women's centers, and women's policy in Japan. Data collected on 889 women's organizations shows a vibrant and diverse women's movement. But Japanese government policies make it difficult for grassroots civic groups to gain legal recognition and develop beyond part-time voluntary associations into full-time professional organizations. At the same time, the Japanese government actively intervenes to aid women's organizations by providing various resources, such as direct funding, government offices for women's policy, and public women's centers. Data collected on 623 women's centers and analysis of various women's programs show how the provision of these resources allow the government to influence the women's movement. In this way, cooperation between the state and women's movement is institutionalized, minimizing social conflict and slowing social change. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Miriam Y. Murase. en_US
dc.format.extent 208 leaves en_US
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dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
dc.rights M.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission. en_US
dc.subject Political Science. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Feminism Japan en_US
dc.title Cooperation over conflict : the women's movement and the state in contemporary Japan en_US
dc.title.alternative Women's movement and the state in contemporary Japan en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Ph.D. en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Political Science. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 52715113 en_US

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