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Managing Women: Disciplining Labor in Modern Japan

Elyssa Faison


At the turn of the twentieth century, Japan embarked on a mission to modernize its society and industry. For the first time, young Japanese women were persuaded to leave their families and enter the factory. This book focuses on Japan's interwar textile industry, examining how factory managers, social reformers, and the state created visions of a specifically Japanese femininity. The book finds that female factory workers were constructed as “women” rather than as “workers” and that this womanly ideal was used to develop labor-management practices, inculcate moral and civic values, and develop ... More

Keywords: Japan, modernization, Japanese women, factory, textile industry, Japanese femininity, female factory workers, labor-management practices, gender ideology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780520252967
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520252967.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elyssa Faison, author