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México y la cuenca del pacífico

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MANDUJANO-SALAZAR, Yunuen Ysela. Television series as spaces for negotiation of femininity, masculinity, and social expectations in contemporary Japan. Méx.cuenca pac [online]. 2021, vol.10, n.28, pp.121-143.  Epub Mar 09, 2021. ISSN 2007-5308.

This article analyzes the hegemonic discourses about femininity and masculinity, social expectations, and social assessment of individuals according to their marital status, focusing the attention on the social pressure put upon single and childfree individuals in contemporary Japan. From the perspective of the cultural studies, considering the public social discourses that relate femininity and masculinity with marriage and motherhood/ fatherhood, and the interpretative textual analysis of a sample of television series, the dominant ideas circulating in Japan about these people are discussed. It is argued the possibility of them finding in these television contents a platform to negotiate with society and defend their life trajectories and to reject the labels that have been imposed on them.

Keywords : Japan; femininity; masculinity; hegemonic discourses; televisual representation.

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