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Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien

Maria Baier

Political Science
(PhD Students, February 1, 2010 - August 30, 2010)
  • Politics and gender relations
  • Political theory


Phd-Abstract (Working Title)

Politics on gender equality in school education

In this dissertation, I examine why conservative political actors put gender as a central issue in the course of the regional implementation process of the basic law for gender equality (1999) and what kind of larger social phenomena were connected to this political development. This conflict was especially transported by critics of the “gender free” concept, which those actors interpreted as an ideological foundation of the basic law as well as of gender sensitive teaching practices at schools. Therefore, I also pose the question, why schools did become one of the main fields of such politics. The regional focus is set on Tokyo, the chosen period of examination is from the 1990s to the present. It is an empirical work based on qualitative approaches. For data collection, I will research archival work to collect relevant primary and secondary literature. Additionally, I conduct semi-structured interviews with three groups of actors involved in the issue of “gender free”: school teachers, political actors, and intellectuals such as social scientists. I will accomplish qualitative content analysis of interview data and conservative magazines and relate my discussion of the findings with theoretical discussions on conservatism and neoliberalism.