Gender and Law Scholarship in the Law in Japan Field: A Bibliographic Compilation
21 Asian-Pac. L. & Pol'y J. 2 (2020)
ZJapanR / J.Japan.L. Vol. 25/No. 49 (2020) 167–186
22 Pages Posted: 2 Feb 2019 Last revised: 27 May 2020
Date Written: January 20, 2018
This bibliography, inspired by a 1990 article by Professor Veronica Taylor titled, Law and Society in Japan: Does Gender Matter? and Professor Vera Mackie’s commanding body of work in this field of study, aims to offer a tool for students and researchers interested in issues relating to gender and law in Japan. We started by compiling and snowballing from sources in Levin’s office collection and title word searches in legal journal databases. We shared initial findings with a variety of scholars who kindly advised us of missing items and categorized sources with best efforts to make assignments appropriately.
The bibliography contains over 150 publications including monographs, book chapters, textbook materials, and journal articles from 1962 to 2018.
Preliminary criteria for listings were: (1) existing English-language publications, (2) relating to the gendered operations and impact of the law in Japan, and (3) published in academic journals and books rather than mass media sources. We eliminated sources discussing gender and the law in Japan when ancillary to economic, anthropological, political science, sociological, or other social science perspectives. In this however, we acknowledge a degree of inevitable arbitrariness.
A companion working paper authored solely by Levin analyzing the materials, and with additional exploration of gender and law issues in Japan, has also been posted to SSRN. It can be found at https://ssrn.com/abstract=3044898.
We hope this compilation will inspire more scholars to look into and continue research into how gender has operated and continues to operate in the law in Japan.
Note: A companion piece authored by Levin analyzing the materials here, and with additional exploration of gender and law issues in Japan, has also been posted to SSRN as a working paper. It can be found at https://ssrn.com/abstract=3044898. Posting to SSRN is meant as an intermediate step towards formal publication in one or more academic law journals. Accordingly, we welcome feedback or advice of missing items. We also hope this compilation will inspire more scholars to look into and continue the research into how gender has operated and continues to operate in the law in Japan.
Keywords: Gender, Women, SOGEISC, Japan, Japanese Law, Constitution of Japan, Japanese Civil Code, Women in the Workplace, Sexual Autonomy, Marriage, Family, Divorce, Women As Victims of Violent Crimes, Crimes by Women, Reproductive Rights, Childrearing, Women in the Home, Family Registration, Koseki, Prostit
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