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Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien

Harald Fuess

Social History, Gender Studies
Since July 1995
(Senior Research Fellows, July 1, 1995 - June 30, 2000)

Social History


The historical development of male and female gender roles within the Japanese family and society during the nineteenth and twentieth century are examined in two different projects. One recreates the spousal relationship by looking at discourse and custom of divorce in prewar Japan, the other explores the parent-child relationship by scrutinizing the philosophy and practice of fatherhood in the early twentieth century.


Gender Studies


The present-day public discourse on gender with attention to the relationship between state and feminism is at the heart of an inquiry into the controversy over the revision of the civil code including the introduction of separate spousal surnames.

DIJ Projects

Completed DIJ Projects

Social Transformation in Modern Japan: State, Family and Individual