Life in a Japanese Women's College: Learning to be Ladylike

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Psychology Press, 1997 - Всего страниц: 264
One third of the Japanese female workforce are office ladies and their training takes place at the many women's colleges in Japan. Brian J McVeigh draws on his teaching experiences at one such institution - Takasu International College - to examine the cultural processes at work in the education of the women who attend. This ethnographically-informed study explores the educational philosophy of the college which aims to produce ladylike women. The processes utilized in this aim include: careful management of the body; being Japanese; internationalism; well-orchestrated school functions and events; and theatricalized education. Through detailed analysis of the college's philosophy, the author illustrates how the students are prepared for their future roles in family life. The study sheds light on wider issues, demonstrating how women's junior college form part of a complex interrelated socio-economic order. It also shows that the social construction of gender utilized in Takasu International College can be seen as a reflection of those processes operating in Japanese society as a whole.

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reuniting body mind
the cultural context
Cultivating ladylike and international women
Takasu 60
Ceremonies of culture in a culture of ceremony
engendering gender through
the politics of shyness and schooling
Leaving college life and entering the adult world
socialization gender schooling and the state
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Brian J McVeigh is Associate Professor, Toyo Gakuen University, Tokyo

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