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Sarariiman” and the Performance of Masculinities at Work: An Analysis of Interactions at Business Meetings at a Multinational Corporation in Japan

  • Junko Saito
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Abstract

This chapter empirically analyzes interactions at six business meetings at a multinational corporation in Japan, focusing on how four sarariiman —“salaried men”—perform masculinities during the meetings. The analysis shows that their use of male-associated first-person pronouns and other contextual features, including speech styles and conversational topics related to gender ideologies, allows male employees to display different types of masculinities. The chapter also demonstrates that the male employees’ denigration of female co-workers contributes to their establishment of homosociality. The chapter concludes that sarariiman’s masculinities are not solely realized by men’s language forms; rather, men’s language and various related features, such as types of interactional styles and particular pragmatic meanings of speech styles, jointly serve as resources for sarariiman’s performance of masculinities.

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Acknowledgments

This project was funded by a Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (24652088) from the MEXT, Japan. I would like to express my appreciation to the participants who agreed to join this project and kindly allowed me to record their meetings. I also appreciate Janet S. Shibamoto-Smith and Haruko M. Cook for their careful and insightful comments/suggestions on an earlier version of this chapter, as well as Laurie Durand for her thorough editorial assistance. Any errors and misinterpretations are entirely my own.

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  • Junko Saito
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  1. 1.Temple University JapanTokyoJapan

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