Gender Difference in Risk Perception following the Fukushima Nuclear Plant Disaster

Morioka, Rika (2015). Gender Difference in Risk Perception following the Fukushima Nuclear Plant Disaster. Fukushima Global Communication Programme Working Paper Series. United Nations University.

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    Author Morioka, Rika
    Title Gender Difference in Risk Perception following the Fukushima Nuclear Plant Disaster
    Series Title Fukushima Global Communication Programme Working Paper Series
    Volume/Issue No. 12
    Publication Date 2015-12
    Place of Publication Tokyo
    Publisher United Nations University
    Pages 11
    Language eng
    Abstract This study examines gender difference in the perception of health risk of radiation in the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan. While mothers expressed their concerns, fathers tended to be uninterested in the health effects of the radiation. Fathers whose traditional breadwinning role was at the core of their masculinity came into conflict with the traditional role of mother as a caretaker making it harder to protect children. The study sheds light on the construction of masculinity historically linked to the economic interests of the nation state. The findings illustrate the importance of social context in which gender identity and cultural values are manifested in risk perceptions.
    UNBIS Thesaurus NUCLEAR ACCIDENTS
    GENDER ROLES
    CULTURAL VALUES
    Keyword Risk perception
    Copyright Holder United Nations University
    Copyright Year 2015
    Copyright type All rights reserved
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