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Description - Office Ladies and Salaried Men by Yuko Ogasawara

In large corporations in Japan, much of the clerical work is carried out by young women known as "office ladies" (OLs) or "flowers of the workplace". Largely nameless, OLs serve tea to the men and type and file their reports. They are exempt from the traditional lifetime employment and have few opportunities for promotion. In this ethnography, Yuko Ogasawara exposes the ways that these women resist men's power, and why the men, despite their exclusive command of authority, often subject themselves to the women's control. Ogasawara, a Japanese sociologist trained in the United States, presents participant-observation analyses and numerous interviews to outline the tensions and humiliations of OL work. She details the subtle and not-so-subtle ways that OLs who are frustrated by demeaning, dead-end jobs thwart their managers and subvert the power structure to their advantage. Using gossip, outright work refusal, and public gift-giving as manipulative strategies, they can ultimately make or break the careers of the men. This analysis illustrates how complex the relationships between women and work, and women and men, are.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520210448
ISBN-10: 0520210441
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 12mm)
Pages: 280
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 23-Jun-1998
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Yuko Ogasawara

Yuko Ogasawara is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Edogawa University.