© 2019

Gender and Family in Japan

  • Nobuko Okuda
  • Tetsuhiko Takai

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Perspective on the History of Women and Family in Japanese Economic Development

  3. Book Reviews

  4. Back Matter
    Pages 149-150

About this book


This book is the 6th volume of the Monograph Series of the Socio-Economic History Society, Japan. The book focuses on how economic developments changed the everyday lives of ordinary women in early-modern and modern Japan. Different from precedent gender studies, the spotlight here is on the daily activities and structural positions of women rather than feminist movements or activities of elite women. Using demography, anthropometrics, and labour economics, this book explicates childcare, physical development of girls, and women’s labour migration. The dynamics of ordinary women in prewar Japan may change deep-rooted images of women as oppressed beings. Using quantitative data multi-dimensionally with the latest statistical analysis methods, this book shows how Japanese economic historians can contribute to historians of gender and family who are interested in early-modern and modern Japan.

The first part consists of four chapters that discuss women migrant workers in the Tokugawa period, women’s work, and family strategies in the underdeveloped regions of the country, conflicts between child-rearing and women’s work on family farms, and living standards of teenaged girls in early twentieth-century Japan. Those chapters provide a bridge between economic historians and feminist historians and articulate new research fields for both. The second part, comprising four book reviews, illustrates how the gender concept has been adopted in family and gender historiography in Japan.


Japanese Women Economic Development Japanese History Historical Demography History of families Female employment in Japan

Editors and affiliations

  • Nobuko Okuda
    • 1
  • Tetsuhiko Takai
    • 2
  1. 1.Graduate School of Humanities and Social SciencesNagoya City UniversityNagoyaJapan
  2. 2.Faculty of Economics and BusinessHokkaido UniversitySapporoJapan

About the editors


Nobuko Okuda is a professor of Nagoya City University. She obtained a Ph.D. in social history from the University of Warwick in 1984. Her main research field is the gender and social history of modern and contemporary Britain.

Tetsuhiko Takai is an associate professor of economic history at Hokkaido University.  He obtained a Ph.D. in social science from Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in 1999. His main research field is the economic and business history of France and Francophone Asia-Africa from the nineteenth century onwards. 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Gender and Family in Japan
  • Editors Nobuko Okuda
    Tetsuhiko Takai
  • Series Title Monograph Series of the Socio-Economic History Society, Japan
  • Series Abbreviated Title Monograph Series of the Socio-Economic History Society, Japan
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Socio-Economic History Society, Japan 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance Economics and Finance (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-981-13-9908-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-981-13-9911-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-13-9909-1
  • Series ISSN 2364-2394
  • Series E-ISSN 2364-2408
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 150
  • Number of Illustrations 25 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Economic History
    History of Japan
    Gender and Economics
  • Buy this book on publisher's site