Vitalizing Democracy at the Grassroots: A Contribution of Post-War Women’s Movements in Japan
2008 (English)In: East Asia, ISSN 1096-6838, E-ISSN 1874-6284, Vol. 25, no 2, 115-143 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The purpose of this paper is to elucidate the socio-political significance of women’s collective activities in Japan. I attempt to demonstrate that the Japanese women’s movements act as a role of democratic agency through their commitment to social reform and to changes in the political status quo. In the first three sections, I give an overview of Japanese women’s movements from the early post-war period to the present day, categorizing them into three types: the elite-initiated, second-wave feminist, and non-feminist participatory. Subsequently, I discuss the confrontation and reconciliation between feminists and non-feminists. In the final section, I examine what role the women’s movements play in socio-political reforms in terms of civil society discourse, and I conclude that the diversity of Japanese women’s movements has contributed to strengthening democracy at the grassroots.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. Vol. 25, no 2, 115-143 p.
Research subject Political Science
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-97526DOI: 10.1007/s12140-007-9029-5OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-97526DiVA: diva2:678727