Collective Maturation

Nagano Hiroko

in Recreating Japanese Men

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780520267374
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520950320 | DOI:
Collective Maturation

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This chapter examines the construction of masculinity structured through collective participation in the youth group and its exercise of social authority. The chapter focuses on two issues of masculinity. First, it focuses on the connection between the construction of masculinity and the formation of men’s groups not necessarily connected with production and labor. It is suggested that these male groups and alliances characterized Japan’s early modern villages. Second, the chapter examines the structure and the functions of such male groups with respect to the exercise of masculine power within the social organization of village society and in particular over female villagers. The focus of this chapter is the role of collectivitization and systematization in the process of constructing masculinity and its exercise of authority. The chapter begins with childhood, when gender asymmetry is not yet apparent. Second, the chapter discusses the coming-of-age ceremony which marks a man’s maturation. It then discusses young men’s collectivitization and organization into youth groups.

Keywords: masculinity; collective participation; youth group; collectivitization; systematization; men’s groups; masculine power

Chapter.  7074 words. 

Subjects: Gender and Sexuality

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