TORIYAMA, Junko

TORIYAMA, Junko

Programs and Languages

  • Master's Programjapanese|english
  • Doctoral Programjapanese|english

Specialization/Discipline

Gender Studies, Gender Studies on the Middle East, Cultural Anthropology

Research Topic

I have been conducting researches on ways how people live their lives from the everyday-life perspectives in the Middle East. I deploy Gender Studies that problematizes the inequality and people’s suffering through the lens of gender, and Cultural Anthropology that attempts to comprehensively conceptualize human beings. My previous research topics include work life balance for women, implications of pursuing career for women, and sex and procreation for women, as well as the various school systems and their relations to the social structure in the Middle East.

Anthropology by looking into “foreign” cultures and societies enables us to see that the common sense only works within the very small circle of communities. Gender Studies encourages us to seek the source of joys and sufferings within social structures. Both perspectives promote conceptualizing the world orders in a relative sense, and suggest the possibility of alternatives. They cater the powerful tools for social critiques that allow us to face, to tackle, and many times even to laugh at sufferings for envisioning a better world.

Message for Applicants

Only your own problematization makes the graduate education meaningful. What makes you upset? What did you find to be problematic? What would you like to overcome? If you have something to share with those questions, and if you are willing to discuss them with critical perspectives, I will be happy to contribute seeking the answers.

Advised Master’s Thesis (Last 5 years)

  • Exit Door from Limbo
    What Does Mizuko kuyō as a Religious Ritual Provide to Participants from The Practitioners’ Perspective?
  • A new development of Chinese Feminism: the case of Zhonghuantianyuan feminism in Sina Weibo
  • The “Toshi-no-sakon” Phenomenon: A Trend in Japanese Family Formations 
  • 現代日本のロックシーンにおけるパフォーマティヴなセクシュアリティ構築
    ――Acid Black Cherry の考察――
  • What about Woman’s Status in Family in China?: Taking the Sichuan Province as an Example
  • ELIMINATION OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN. GENDER EQUALITY ISSUES IN THE KYRGYZ REPUBLIC.
  • グルーミングとプリンセス  ドバイ・モールの日常分析
  • Beyond Anxiety: A Study of the Materiality of Japanese Apostolic Christians in Kyoto
  • Yeohyeom in Korean Mass Media: A Case of Fashion of Female Korean Idols
  • <ドラマ『如懿伝』に見る現代中国女性のライフモデル―愛情、友情、物質的な豊かさから> 
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