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Acting Straight? Non-heterosexual Salarymen Working with Heteronormativity in the Japanese Workplace

  • Romit Dasgupta
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Abstract

This chapter draws attention to the intersections and collisions between discourses of work, masculinity, and sexuality in the context of Japanese corporate culture. Despite significant socio-cultural shifts over recent decades, the discourse of the middle-class, white-collar heterosexual “salaryman” continues to be a signifier for Japanese corporate masculinity, and indeed, for Japanese masculinity as a whole. Yet, the reality is that there are salarymen who may not be heterosexual, but nevertheless need to engage on a day-to-day basis with the heteronormative ideological expectations of corporate masculinity. This chapter, drawing on interviews with individual salarymen who identify as non-heterosexual, explores the complex relationship between the publicly articulated heteronormative ideology of the workplace and the day-to-day micro-negotiations with the expectations of this ideology by non-heterosexual individuals.

Keywords

Sexual Minority Sexual Identity Female Manager Trading Company Late Thirty 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Romit Dasgupta
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  1. 1.The University of Western AustraliaCrawleyAustralia

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