2013 Fiscal Year Research-status Report
Ｈｉｒｉｎｇ Ｐｒａｘｉｓ Ｉｎｎｏｖａｔｉｏｎ ａｎｄ Ｃｏｎｓｔｒａｉｎｔ
|Research Institution||Ritsumeikan University |
HAYES BlakeE. 立命館大学, 国際関係学部, 准教授 (40526779)
|Keywords||institutional change / inequality / higher education / employment / gender / CEDAW / policies|
For this year's kaken grant, I undertook the second year of the research process. Using an interpretivist approach based on Gidden's “structuration” and an amalgamation of West and Zimmerman's “Doing Gender” combined with post-structural theories on identity development such as Butler's and Foucault's, I formulated a methodological approach to collecting empirical data to interrogate inequality regimes. After reviewing and analyzing background literature related to the research such as through surveying public statistic, and reviewing government data, I continued with the transcriptions of the data that has been generated during my fieldwork.
As this is a multi-country analysis to be accomplished over the three years, the first two year's research has mainly involved extensive examination of the relevant labour markets in the regional contexts focusing on Japan, while contrasting the specificities of the Japanese labor market with the other target markets of Canada, New Zealand, and India. This year further information was garnered for the Canadian context as well as the Indian context to supplement the data that had been generated in the Japanese and New Zealand contexts that had been initiated last year.
|Current Status of Research Progress
Current Status of Research Progress
2: Research has progressed on the whole more than it was originally planned.
Four regions have been investigated in detail over the past two years:Japan,Canada, New Zealand, and India.
Specifically, in terms of regions:Regarding Japan, I analyzed the inequality regimes for highly educated women. Primary data was generated from universities located in Honshu. I undertook in-depth semi-structured interviews and the generated data has been analyzed using a pluralist institutionalist analytic. Giddens' structuration theory has been used as a guide in interpreting relational and structural mechanisms. I undertook preliminary research during fieldwork in India through in-depth semi-structured interviews. I also undertook more extensive research in Canada, extending field research I had undertaken last year I have established ongoing communication with interviewees, expanded my target population through snowball sampling and conducted in-depth, semi-structured interviews.
Preliminary results from the research have been presented in Japan at conferences and preliminary results published in academic journals/book chapter. Further dissemination is planned in a European Conference on Higher Education in September in Vienna, where my paper presentation has been formally accepted [“Japanese academia and gender discrimination: institutional praxis and egalitarian norm diffusion” at The 8th European Conference on Gender Equality in Higher Education： September 3-5, 2014 Vienna, Austria」.
|Strategy for Future Research Activity
I will be continuing my research in the target regions of Europe and Australia. Apart from the finalization of the fieldwork data generation, I will continue compiling the results and organizing them for publication. At the moment I have formulated drafts for chapters for a book and will be sending submissions to International publishers who have already shown an interest in my research and I will continue improving the chapters, as well as adding information from the remaining fieldwork. Additionally, I will be submitting articles to international journals. I have been able to get a sense of their appropriateness through my contacts with international academics who have reviewed my work; their positive comments that my research is of interest, well written and analyzed, and timely indicates the likelihood of disseminating my research internationally.
There have been very few changes compared to my original plan, apart from the timing of the visits to target regionswhile adding India and dropping Cuba. I have focused my conference presentations in Japan since market I have been able to collect more data than I had originally thought. The similarities between some European regions and Japan (Germany for rigid labor markets, the Northern European focus on maternalism). These changes have not changed my theoretical approach. No changes have arisen that require major revisions.
Research Products (4 results)