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Men Under Pressure: Representations of the 'Salaryman' and his Organization in Japanese Manga

Matanle, Peter, McCann, Leo and Ashmore, Darren-Jon (2008) Men Under Pressure: Representations of the 'Salaryman' and his Organization in Japanese Manga. Organization, 15 (5). pp. 639-664. ISSN 1350-5084

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Abstract

In this article we analyse representations of the Japanese salaryman and Japanese organization in Japanese manga, or graphic novels, during the turbulent decades from the mid-1980s to the present day. We argue that manga presents salarymen protagonists in a sympathetic yet not uncritical light, and that it displays support for and criticism of both the Japanese and American organizational models. We describe how these manga offer important critical challenges from the world of popular culture to the direction of change in Japanese business organizations since the 1980s. In addition, we suggest that the manga may also provide salarymen with opportunities for critically re-evaluating their own working situations and for developing methods for surviving and thriving under the pressures of working within contemporary Japanese business organizations.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: This article is a post-review corrected version, and is the final version prior to publisher proofing. Readers are advised to refer to the published version for accurate citation and referencing. If you are unable to access the published version, then please contact the author at: p.matanle@sheffield.ac.uk.
Keywords: manga; popular culture; organizational behaviour; varieties of capitalism; comparative studies
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Social Sciences (Sheffield) > School of East Asian Studies (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Dr Peter Matanle
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2012 11:49
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2014 06:14
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1350508408093646
Status: Published
Publisher: Sage
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1177/1350508408093646
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URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/43582

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