Power, Gender, and Discourses of Identity in a Japanese Workplace
"Kondo's work is significant because she goes beyond disharmony, insisting on complexity. Kondo shows that inequalities are not simply oppressive-they are meaningful ways to establish identities."—Nancy Rosenberger, Journal of Asian Studies
School of American Research: J. I. Staley Prize
Note on Romanization
Part One: Settings
1. The Eye/I
The "Setting" Trope
How the Problem Emerged
Japanese Selves and Their Challenge to the "Whole Subject"
Displacing the Binary: Anthropological Studies of The Self
2. Industries, Communities, Identities
The Industrial Context, Firm Size, and Identity
Shitamachi and Yamanote
3. Disciplined Selves
The Ethics Retreat
A Day at the Center
Theories of Selfhood: The Dialectic of Form and Feeling
Japanese Selves and the Ethics Doctrines
Part Two: Family as Company, Company as Family
4. Circles of Attachment
Households: Ie as Obligation
Circles of Attachment: Uchi as Feeling
5 Adding the Family Flavor
Merchants and Artisans: The Familial Embrace
The Satö Company: Company as Family?
So Does It Work?
Yoso: The Company Networks
6. Company as Family?
Uchi no Kaisha: Contested Meanings Resistance?
Part Three: Gender and Work Identities
7. The Aesthetics and Politics of Artisanal Identities
Meaning, Power, and Work Identities
Artisanal Idioms of Work: A collective Story
Work and the Material World
Hierarchy, Exclusion, and an Idiom under Siege
The Aesthetics and Politics of Identity
8. Uchi, Gender, and Part-Time Work
Stories of Work
The Discursive Field
Work and Its Meanings
Commitment to Uchi: Company or Family?
Gendered Identities and the Workings of Power
9. The Stakes