(EVENT:On-campus only)IGI Seminar by Professor Man-Yee Kan Introducing the GenTime Project: Temporal Structures of Gender Inequalities in East Asian and Western Countries.


Introducing the GenTime Project: Temporal Structures of Gender Inequalities in East Asian and Western Countries

Poster[Guest Speaker]
Dr Man-Yee Kan, University of Oxford

In this talk, I will introduce the European Research Council funded  project GenTime (2018-2026). I will outline the project aims and summarise key research findings. We harmonise large scale time diary data from China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan in the 1980s to the 2010s. We analyse the harmonised data to study changes in gender inequalities in time use across East Asian and Western societies. We have found that the closing of gender gaps in paid work, domestic work, and total work time has stalled in the most recent decade in several countries. The magnitude of the gender gaps, cultural contexts, and welfare policies plays a key role in determining whether the gender revolution in the division of labour will stall or continue. Women undertake more total work than men across all societies: The gender gap ranges from 30 minutes to 2 hours a day. Our findings suggest that cultural norms interact with institutional contexts to affect the patterns of gender convergence in time use, and gender equality might settle at differing levels of egalitarianism across countries. 

Seminar Detail
Speaker Dr Man-Yee Kan (Professor of Sociology, Oxford University)

Tuesday, 9 May 2023, 13:00-14:30

Venue #135 Conference Room, Main Building, Ochanomizu University

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Prof,Kan Man-yee Kan is Professor of Sociology, University of Oxford. She has conducted extensive research on time use, gender inequalities, marriages, families, and welfare policies in East Asian, European, and Anglophone countries. She has been awarded an European Research Council Consolidator Grant for her project GenTime (2018-2026), which aims to investigate trends in gender inequality in time use in East Asian and Western societies. Her more recent research topic is about the migration of Hong Kong people to the UK. She has conducted surveys to collect timely da ta of potential migrants from Hong Kong and has estimated the size, migration planning, and socio-demographic profiles of Hong Kong migrants. She has also investigated the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on migration decisions.

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