2016 年 2016 巻 8 号 p. 138-150
China is witnessing its remarkable economic growth; in the meanwhile,however, the gender division of labor consciousness among young population tends to become conservative. Similar findings were also obtained in Japan. It turns out that there exists an identical trend in these two countries.
In this study, a semi‐structured interview was conducted on the married females who gave birth in their 20s and 30s, and with children rearing experience, when the parents of these women were both living and in good health. Interviewees were sampled from cities with three urban hierarchies in China. The relationship between life events and the change of gender division of labor consciousness among young Chinese women was analyzed from a "micro" point of view. Results show that along with life events (such as embarking on higher education, finding a job, or getting married) that occurs, interviewees are predisposed to conventional gender division of labor consciousness. Even though getting married and children rearing are regarded as important life events that account for such a change, the change gradually took place prior to these events as explicitly revealed in this study.