Sociology in the modern world faces many challenges. This edited volume explores significant themes including inequality, structures of power, conceptions of justice and sustainable futures, forming a critical examination across twenty-five individually authored chapters. This text forms part of SAGE Studies in International Sociology series (SSIS).
Chapter 9: The Coming of the New Class Society: Gender Matters
The Coming of the New Class Society: Gender Matters
Introduction: After Fukushima
As a woman, and a specialist of gender studies, I may not necessarily represent Japanese sociologists, because gender studies still remain marginalized in many academic communities, with the sociologists’ community as no exception. Nevertheless, it may be an appropriate choice for this panel, because gender is the main variable for inequality.
I must begin my speech by referring to the tragic disaster which Japan experienced on 11 March 2011. A big earthquake attacked the wide area of north-east coast of the Japanese main island, followed by the gigantic wave, called tsunami. More than 15,000 people were dead and missing as a ...