Reiko YAMATO (2006) The Impact of a Knowledge-based Economy on Families in Japan. 関西大学社会学部紀要. 38(1):1-24
- Academic Paper
- Reiko YAMATO
- The Impact of a Knowledge-based Economy on Families in Japan
- 関西大学社会学部紀要 || Bulletin of the Faculty of Sociology, Kansai University
- The present study shows that advances in the knowledge-based economy have had a negative impact on families in Japan, resulting in later marriages and lower birthrates. The outline of the study is as follows. In the first section, I examine theories of post-industrial society, the knowledge-based economy, and service work. I argue that in order to understand the challenges that Japanese families are facing, it is important to consider both the increase in service-provision work in a knowledge-based economy and developments of Japanese social policies that are based on the idea of a male breadwinner/female homemaker family model. In the second through the fourth sections, I analyze survey data to show that the discrepancy between social policy assumptions concerning the family and the actual employment patterns of wives and husbands has had negative impacts on families in Japan, particularly families with small children and those with a full-time working wife. In the final sections, I discuss the policy implications of these findings.
- post-industrial society, the knowledge based economy, service work, Japanese social policies, the gender division of labor at home, wife’s marital satisfaction
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