THE PSYCHOLOGICAL CONSEQUENCES OF PATRIARCHAL-EMBEDDED CULTURAL NORMS ON MODERN WORKERS IN JAPAN AS INVESTIGATED IN PERSONA 4

Open Access
Author:
Osmanski, Lauren Elyse
Area of Honors:
English (Behrend)
Degree:
Bachelor of Arts
Document Type:
Thesis
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Joshua Shaw, Thesis Supervisor
  • Craig Andrew Warren, Honors Advisor
  • Elizabeth Fogle, Faculty Reader
Keywords:
  • Video Games
  • Game Studies
  • Literature
  • Japan
  • Womenomics
  • Economics
  • Queer Studies
  • Queer Theory
  • Feminism
  • Feminist Theory
  • Symbolism
  • Mythology
  • Persona 4
  • English
  • Language Arts
  • Sexuality
  • Culture
  • Cultural Studies
  • Japanese Games
  • Society
  • Foreign Relations
Abstract:
This project aims to perform a thorough multidisciplinary investigation that reveals how individuals of all backgrounds suffer due to the oppressive patriarchal norms that are embedded in their culture by demonstrating how the personal struggles they develop are responses to the perpetuation of these norms within their society’s economic social systems—which harms them on both psychological and economic levels—by responding to the cultural critiques present within the Japanese video game Persona 4: Golden. The traditional patriarchal structuring of modern economic systems pressures workers to conform to the inherently discriminating cultural values of their society through their social positioning in the workforce, which perpetuates the dominant patriarchal hegemony that is enforcing the institutionalized marginalization of non-heteronormative/female populations. This project contends that the lives of people of all gender are limited by the patriarchal context of their labor and economic systems, which robs them of their agency of their own lives as the implicit social pressures within their culture’s gender norms pressure them to conform to detrimental traditional values that psychologically traumatize them by denying the legitimacy of their own gender identities and ostracizing them in their communities.