TANAKA Sigeto (2009.8.4) Family Creating Inequality. Tohoku University GCOE Program, International Seminar “Gender Equality in Multicultural Societies: Gender, Diversity and Conviviality in the Age of Globalization (Sendai).
- TANAKA Sigeto || 田中 重人
- Family Creating Inequality: A Quantitative Analysis of Gender Gap in Post-Divorce Life
- Tohoku University GCOE Program, International Seminar “Gender Equality in Multicultural Societies: Gender, Diversity and Conviviality in the Age of Globalization (Sendai)
- This presentation focuses on the gender difference in post-divorce life in contemporary Japan. The data are drawn from the National Family Research of Japan (NFRJ) project, which is a series of surveys using probability samples across Japan conducted by the Japan Society of Family Sociology. The main focus is on the gender effect on equivalent household income among divorced people. Results indicate strong negative effect of two variables: (1) presence of young children and (2) discontinuous occupational career due to childbirth or childrearing. These are the two main factors in the low standard of living for divorced women. The results thus show that the family process has created gender inequality and the family law/policy has failed to remove the inequality. Further discussion arises as to two topics: (1) formulation of the law/policy aiming at gender equality from the viewpoint of distributive justice; and (2) implications of our findings for sociological research on the power structure within family.
- equality of opportunity, remarriage, full-time regular employee, financial provision on divorce
Created: 2012-02-20. Updated: 2012-03-28.