Bad Girls Of Japan

Bad Girls Of Japan

by Laura Miller, Jan Bardsley
     
 

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Are bad girls casualties of patriarchy, a necessary evil, or visionary pioneers? The authors in this volume propose shifts in our perceptions of bad girls by providing new ways to understand them through the case of Japan. By tracing the concept of the bad girl as a product of specific cultural assumptions and historical settings, Bad Girls of Japan maps new roads and

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Are bad girls casualties of patriarchy, a necessary evil, or visionary pioneers? The authors in this volume propose shifts in our perceptions of bad girls by providing new ways to understand them through the case of Japan. By tracing the concept of the bad girl as a product of specific cultural assumptions and historical settings, Bad Girls of Japan maps new roads and old detours in revealing a disorderly politics of gender. Bad Girls of Japan explores deviancy in richly diverse media: mountain witches, murderers, performance artists, cartoonists, schoolgirls and shoppers gone wild are all part of the terrain.

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"Miller and Bardsley have amassed a fascinating collection of bad-girl tales - from geisha to fashionistas, Filipinas to schoolgirls, crones to idols. More importantly, they frame these bad girls of Japan within historical and contemporary complexities of gender, sexuality, race, class, and modernity. Here we find that one era s bad girl becomes another s model of womanhood. Amidst this surfeit of riches, Miller and Bardsley themselves take on the task of bad-girl provocateurs, disrupting commonly held notions with in-your-face, intellectual naughtiness. In their hands, bad is good if it sets tongues wagging to reclaim the territory of you go, girl! deviance." - Christine R. Yano, Dept. of Anthropology, University of Hawaii

"Bad Girls of Japan reminds us how powerful a tool feminist analysis can be for understanding gendered societies, laying bare both the fundamental structure of institutions and attitudes and also the cultural nuances that inflect gender assumptions in different places. In a nutshell, bad girls in Japan are females who are insufficiently ashamed of their own desires. But girls and women have desires, sometimes disturbing but frequently simply to control their own movements, incomes, and lives. This rich and well-written collection of essays shows what happens culturally and historically when they try to satisfy those desires." - Laura Hein, Department of History, Northwestern University

"The book has provided a fascinating insight into the ways in which Japanese women are and have been represented and imagined." - Sarah Smart, London Metropolitan University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230255906
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
12/10/2005
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

REBECCA COPELAND is an Associate Professor of Japanese literature at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, USA
MELANIE CZARNECKI is a Lecturer in the faculty of foreign studies at Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan
KELLY FOREMAN is a Lecturer in the departments of anthropology and music at Wayne State University, USA
SARAH FREDERICK is an Assistant Professor of Japanese literature at Boston University, USA
HIROKO HIRAKAWA is an Assistant Professor of Japanese and intercultural studies at Guilford College in North Carolina, USA
GRETCHEN JONES is an Assistant Professor of Japanese literature at the University of Maryland, USA
SHARON KINSELLA researches in the areas of men's comics, cuteness and infantilism, otaku, corporate culture and girls' culture in contemporary Japan
CHRISTINE MARRAN is an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota, USA
KATHERINE MEZUR is a Postdoctoral Research Scholar in the Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies, University of California, USA
MIRIAM SILVERBERG is Professor of History at University College Los Angeles, USA
NOBUE SUZUKI is Professor of Anthropology at Nagasaki Wesleyan University, Japan

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