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Macro and Micro Gender Structures
Gender Stratification and Social Networks in Canada and Japan

ISGI Seminar No. 31
Speaker(s) Bonnie H. Erickson, Kakuko Miyata
When Mar 25, 2005
from 04:00 PM to 06:00 PM
Where Hitotsubashi University
Language English
Contact Name Shujiro YAZAWA
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by Miyuki Kobayashi last modified Mar 01, 2009 11:06 PM

Societies differ in their overall systems of gender stratification, and hence in the social networks that men and women come to have. Different systems provide men and women with different forms of access to social settings in which networks are formed, different linkages between settings over the life course, and different forms of participation within settings. Thus different macro-level systems of gender stratification generate gender differences in social networks and in life course trajectories of network development.

This paper compares Canada and Japan, which are comparable in their high level of development but quite different in their gender stratification systems. The paper uses two recent surveys including comparable measures of social network composition to show how the differences between the two gender stratification systems lead to differences in the kinds of networks men and women have, and how they acquire them.

Bonnie H. Erickson works in Sociology at the University of Toronto, Canada; she is currently Visiting Professor in Sociology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Kakuko Miyata works at Meiji Gakuin University, Tokyo, Japan.

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