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A cultural perspective on gender inequity in STEM : the Japanese context.

Yoshikawa, Katsuhiko and Kokubo, Akiko and Wu, Chia-Huei (2018) 'A cultural perspective on gender inequity in STEM : the Japanese context.', Industrial and organizational psychology., 11 (02). pp. 301-309.


To understand gender inequality in STEM, Miner et al. (2018) illustrate how an individual lens and a social-structural lens provide complementary perspectives. They indicate that gender inequality in STEM should not be simply understood from an individual lens concerning individual choices and responsibilities but also a social-structural lens concerning societal structures, processes, and meanings associated with gender. In this commentary, we would like to bring a cultural perspective to the consideration of the STEM field. Specifically, we focus on gender inequity in STEM in Japan and elaborate how Japanese culture, which emphasizes masculinity, collectivism, and a tight culture, imposes a stronger social-structural influence on gender inequality in STEM and at the same time strengthens the use of the individual lens to explain the phenomena, making the issue of gender inequality more prominent.

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Date accepted:16 June 2018
Date deposited:16 July 2018
Date of first online publication:19 June 2018
Date first made open access:16 July 2018

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