Bicycle Citizens: The Political World of the Japanese Housewife / Edition 1

Bicycle Citizens: The Political World of the Japanese Housewife / Edition 1

by Robin M. Le Blanc
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520212916

ISBN-13: 9780520212916

Pub. Date: 03/05/1999

Publisher: University of California Press

While the typical Japanese male politician glides through his district in air-conditioned taxis, the typical female voter trundles along the side streets on a simple bicycle. In this first ethnographic study of the politics of the average female citizen in Japan, Robin LeBlanc argues that this taxi-bicycle contrast reaches deeply into Japanese society. To…  See more details below

Overview

While the typical Japanese male politician glides through his district in air-conditioned taxis, the typical female voter trundles along the side streets on a simple bicycle. In this first ethnographic study of the politics of the average female citizen in Japan, Robin LeBlanc argues that this taxi-bicycle contrast reaches deeply into Japanese society. To study the relationship between gender and liberal democratic citizenship, LeBlanc conducted extensive ethnographic fieldwork in suburban Tokyo among housewives, volunteer groups, consumer cooperative movements, and the members of a committee to reelect a female Diet member who used her own housewife status as the key to victory. LeBlanc argues that contrary to popular perception, Japanese housewives are ultimately not without a political world. Full of new and stimulating material, engagingly written, and deft in its weaving of theoretical perspectives with field research, this study will not only open up new dialogues between gender theory and broader social science concerns but also provide a superb introduction to politics in Japan as a whole.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520212916
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
03/05/1999
Series:
Asia: Local Studies / Global Themes Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
263
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Note on Names
1"Supposing Truth Is a Woman - What Then?"1
2The Identity of the "Regular Housewife"28
3Housewives and Citizenship61
4Volunteering against Politics: Housewives, Citizenship, and Community Service89
5Toward a "Housewifely" Movement: The Seikatsu Club Co-op's Daily Life Politics121
6The Ono Campaign: A "Regular" Housewife in Elite Politics164
Conclusion195
Notes205
References227
Index239

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