Building Parents Of The Next Generation

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This dissertation examines Japan's family policy response to contemporary demographic change. Most advanced industrial countries facing declining birthrates and aging societies have begun to converge upon a family policy response centered on the principles of gender equality and work-family balance. Japan has these types of policies, too, but it has combined them with its own unique efforts to prepare children and youth for parenthood. These initiatives include attempts to bring babies into classrooms to teach ...
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Overview

This dissertation examines Japan's family policy response to contemporary demographic change. Most advanced industrial countries facing declining birthrates and aging societies have begun to converge upon a family policy response centered on the principles of gender equality and work-family balance. Japan has these types of policies, too, but it has combined them with its own unique efforts to prepare children and youth for parenthood. These initiatives include attempts to bring babies into classrooms to teach youth how to enjoy childrearing, internships to prepare a new generation of breadwinners for their careers, and health promotion programs to ensure young women will become healthy mothers. This dissertation adopts a new-institutionalist theoretical framework to explain how these policies became legitimate, viable options for family policymakers in the Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare and related ministries. Employing qualitative research methods involving textual and historical analysis, I find that while family policymakers are responding to political pressures and bureaucratic incentives, they are ultimately choosing policy options emerging from ongoing domestic debates about interpreted norms of gender equality and ideal family life in industrialized nations. Japan's family policies to prepare young people for parenthood can be understood as responding to domestic arguments that processes of social and family breakdown are endemic to advanced countries.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781243548931
  • Publisher: BiblioLabsII
  • Publication date: 9/3/2011
  • Pages: 134
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.29 (d)

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