Changes in Modern Japanese Women's Perceptions of Three Aspects of Feniminity--Mother, Housewife, and Working Woman: A Case Study of Japanese Women who Married Thai Husbands and Settled in Chiang Mai

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Pacharapan Kulpawaropas


The aims of this study were to: (1) study the perception of Japanese women in transnational context towards the roles of women as a housewife, a mother, and a working woman, to see whether their perceptions had changed according to feminine performativity; (2) observe how the women prioritized their roles as a housewife, a mother, and a working women; and (3) find out the conditions which have an effect on the change of the women’s perceptions of female’s roles towards subversive performance. This, following gender performativity concept, was the place where resistance took place at the boundaries of corporeal norms and led to the process of resignification and subversive performance. The result showed that informants’ perceptions had changed according to their different conditions, and it showed that when corporeal norms and Thai norms collide, guilt feeling emerged from the temporary gender identity built by corporeal inscription.

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