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Losing the Union Man: Gender and Class in the Postwar Labor Movement

Gerteis, Christopher (2011) 'Losing the Union Man: Gender and Class in the Postwar Labor Movement.' In: Frühstück, Sabine and Walthall, Anne, (eds.), Recreating Japanese Men. Berkeley and Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press, pp. 135-153.

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Abstract

This chapter narrates the generational contest to define working-class masculine identity that emerged during the era of global youth culture and radical political movements that characterized the 1960s and early 1970s. By analyzing the ways in which middle-aged male leaders of Japan’s Old Left unions perceived politically active, young blue-collar men, the chapter shows how generational conflict influenced the ways in which an increasing number of blue-collar men of all ages identified with middle-class cultural and economic forms. One result was the fracturing of the Old Left’s monopoly on class-based ideals of masculinity, which set the stage for a cascade of class and gender confusions that have shaped popular notions of ‘work’ and ‘manhood’ to the present day.

Item Type: Book Chapters
SOAS Departments & Centres: Regional Centres > Japan Research Centre
Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Department of History
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DS Asia
ISBN: 9780520267381
Depositing User: Christopher Gerteis
Date Deposited: 11 May 2011 13:08
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/11782

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