Going Global: Culture, Gender, and Authority in the Japanese Subsidiary of an American Corporation

Going Global: Culture, Gender, and Authority in the Japanese Subsidiary of an American Corporation

Going Global: Culture, Gender, and Authority in the Japanese Subsidiary of an American Corporation

Going Global: Culture, Gender, and Authority in the Japanese Subsidiary of an American Corporation

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This book began as a dissertation, and the dissertation began as part of a quest to expand my horizons in East Asia. I had earned degrees focused on China and had spent considerable time there as well as Hong Kong and Taiwan. En route to those places, I sometimes had opportunities to travel in Japan and my intellectual interest grew. I started learning the language and reading widely before deciding to focus on Japan in a Ph.D. program at Stanford University. My M.B.A. was supposed to be my last stop in higher education, but while pursuing that degree many of the questions that drove the fieldwork for this book first arose.

In addition to a lifelong interest in East Asia, I have been concerned for an equally long time with understanding the dynamics of gender. First and foremost, I operate from the assumption that discrimination today is rarely a conscious intention; rather, it operates in the spaces between, in the interstices of people's interactions with one another. The people of Transco who served as the subjects of this book, including everyone right up to the most senior management, do not expressly seek to raise up certain categories of people at the expense of others. In my day-to-day scrutiny . . .

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