This study is based on research, conducted in July, 1995, on men and women involved in community activities. The target of the research was 62 members of a Midori-ku, Yokohama, branch of a political organization, the "Kanagawa Network Movement," and their husbands. The research was conducted as a follow-up of a previous study, done in 1991, on the activities and perceptions of people who were active in the Kanagawa Network Movement. The major purposes of the research were: 1) to analyze anew, from the perspective of gender, what these people have achieved, as of the mid-1990s, through their Dairinin Movement (political action through representation), a movement that was intended to further their "independence as the citizens who live gendered community life," and 2) to assess how much politically Dairinin Movement could change the lives of these of its members who depend their movements on their husbands, in urban employment divided by gender, which is one of their movement's targets for political change. This study further discusses the shifting grounds of gender roles and the political commitment of suburban wires who are mostly married to salaried employees and who often find themselves isolated by gender, with an analysis of their perceptions (attitude toward their own community, awareness as independent citizens, etc.) in comparison with those of their husbands.
東京女子大学紀要論集 47 (1), 97-121, 1996-09-20