Publications

Working Paper
Brinton, Mary C., Ekaterina Hertog, and Eunmi Mun. Working Paper. “Searching for a Marriage Mate in Postindustrial Japan: 'Just Right' or 'Good Enough?'”.
Brinton, Mary C., and Eunsil Oh. Working Paper. “Gender Inequality and Fertility Intentions in Low-Fertility Settings: Evidence From Japan and South Korea.”.
Brinton, Mary C., Xiana Bueno, Livia Olah, and Merete Hellum. Working Paper. “Postindustrial Fertility Ideals, Intentions, and Gender Inequality: A Comparative Qualitative Analysis”. Under Review.
Brinton, Mary C., and Yun Zhou. Working Paper. “Doing Family: Reasoning, Logic, and Emotion in the Division of Housework in the U.S. and Japan.”.
Brinton, Mary C., and Yuko Hara. Working Paper. “Fertility Intentions and Gender-Role Specialization in Japan”.
Brinton, Mary C., and Xiana Bueno. Working Paper. “Perceived Economic Uncertainty, Gender Egalitarianism, and Fertility Intentions in Spain: A Qualitative Analysis”. Under Review.
Forthcoming
Brinton, Mary C. Forthcoming.“Happiness at Work? Japanese Housewives’ and Employed Wives’ Marital Happiness”. in Happiness in Japan, edited by Barbara Holthus and Wolfram Manzenreiter.
2017
Nagase, Nobuko, and Mary C. Brinton. 2017. “The Gender Division of Labor and Second Births: Labor Market Institutions and Fertility in Japan”. Demographic Research 36:339-370. pdf
Knight, Carly, and Mary C. Brinton. 2017. “One Egalitarianism or Several? Two Decades of Gender-Role Attitude Change in Europe”. American Journal of Sociology, 122 (5):1485-1532. pdf
2016
Brinton, Mary C., and Eunmi Mun. 2016. “Revisiting the Welfare State Paradox: A Firm-Level Analysis from Japan”. Research in Social Stratification and Mobility 47:33-43. pdf
Brinton, Mary C., and Dong Ju Lee. 2016. “Gender-Role Ideology, Labor Market Institutions, and Postindustrial Fertility”. Population and Development Review 42 (3):405-433.
Brinton, Mary C. 2016. “Intentions into Actions: Norms as Mechanisms Linking Macro- and Micro-Levels”. American Behavioral Scientist 60 (10):1146-1167. pdf
Brinton, Mary C., and Eunmi Mun. 2016. “Between State and Family: Managers' Implementation and Evaluation of Parental Leave Policies in Japan”. Socio-Economic Review 14 (2):257-281.Abstract

Work–family policies have been widely adopted in post-industrial societies. This paper brings the organizational level into the analysis of work–family policy effects on female employees. We theorize that managers' evaluation of female employees' use of parental leave is shaped not only by policy content, but also by labour market structure and the dominant cultural model of household gender relations. Using Japan as a case study, we analyse in-depth interviews with human resource managers in 25 large firms and show that managers' implementation of parental leave and their evaluation of leave-takers occur within the context of norms about ideal employee behaviour in firm-internal labour markets and about the gendered division of care work. These conflicting norms produce managerial expectations that can only be met by a small number of women. The article contributes to theory and research on work–family policies and female employment outcomes in two ways: by demonstrating the critical role of managers, and by showing how labour market structure and associated work norms together with the dominant cultural understanding of household gender relations act as filters through which managers construct their evaluations of employees who take leave.

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2015
Brinton, Mary C. 2015. “Japanese Low Fertility and the Low Labor Force Participation of Married Women: The Role of Rigid Labor Markets and Workplace Norms.”. Research Institute of Economy, Trade, and Industry (Japan) October (56).
Mun, Eunmi, and Mary C. Brinton. 2015. “Workplace Matters: The Use of Parental Leave Policy in Japan”. Work and Occupations 42 (3):335-369. Publisher's Version pdf
2012
Dierkes, Julian. 2012. “Review of "Lost in Transition"”. Economic Sociology: The European Electronic Newsletter 13 (2):50-54. Website pdf
O'Day, Robin. 2012. “Review of "Lost in Transition"”. Pacific Affairs: An International Review of Asia and the Pacific. Website pdf
2011
Lost in Transition: Youth, Work, and Instability in Postindustrial Japan
Brinton, Mary. 2011.Lost in Transition: Youth, Work, and Instability in Postindustrial Japan. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Publisher's Version
2010
Brinton, Mary C, and Yoko Yamamoto. 2010. “Cultural Capital in East Asian Educational Systems: The Case of Japan”. Sociology of Education 83 (1):67-83. pdf
Brinton, Mary C, and Zun Tang. 2010. “School-Work Systems in Postindustrial Societies: Evidence from Japan”. Research in Social Stratification and Mobility 28 (2):215–232. pdf

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