The Origins and Transformations of Conservative Gender Regimes in Germany and Japan
- Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State and Society
- Oxford University Press
- Volume 27, Number 3, Fall 2020
- pp. 432-448
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In this article, we extend Walby's analysis of gender transformations to theorize gender relations in conservative modernizations. We draw insights from a historical comparison of gender inequalities in Germany and Japan, to draw a distinction between conservative authoritarian and conservative democratic gender regimes, and their transformations. Conservative gender regimes, we argue, constitute the domestic as a public sphere and transform through social and family policies, which reinforce a gendered division of labor. The concept of conservative gender regimes, we argue, is relevant for analyzing transformations in other European and non-European world regions.