Akogare, Ideology, and ‘Charisma Man’ Mythology: Reflections on ethnographic research in English language schools in Japan

@article{Bailey2007AkogareIA,
  title={Akogare, Ideology, and ‘Charisma Man’ Mythology: Reflections on ethnographic research in English language schools in Japan},
  author={K. Bailey},
  journal={Gender, Place \& Culture},
  year={2007},
  volume={14},
  pages={585 - 608}
}
  • K. Bailey
  • Published 2007
  • Sociology
  • Gender, Place & Culture
In light of recent reflexive ethnography based on frameworks of performativity, this work develops a phenomenological interpretation of my white, male, gaijin (foreign), English-speaking positionality inside Japan's private English conversation schools (eikaiwa). These eikaiwa are ubiquitous in modern urban areas. They are patronized predominantly by women who seek career enhancement, study and/or work abroad, and international romance. To understand the gendered participation patterns inside… Expand

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