Classification of Career-Lifestyle Patterns of Women

  • Miki Nakai
Part of the Studies in Classification, Data Analysis, and Knowledge Organization book series (STUDIES CLASS)


This paper attempts to classify women’s lifestyles according to similar patterns in their commitment to four aspects of life. Using cluster analysis, we analyze the occupational history and family data, as well as the materialistic affluence and cultural consumption of 644 women, aged between 30 and 49, taken from a national sample in Japan. Career-lifestyle typology of 8 clusters are presented. By multiple correspondence analysis of both these clusters and the social stratification positions, we reveal that the differences in lifestyle commitment are closely related to the women’s social background and position. Our findings suggest that focusing not only on paid work but also on devotion to other aspects of life helps identify women with similar career-paths but different life-priorities.


Labour Force Participation Cultural Activity Social Background Multiple Correspondence Analysis Female Labour Force Participation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Miki Nakai
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  1. 1.Department of Social Sciences, College of Social SciencesRitsumeikan UniversityKyotoJapan

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