Feminism in Modern Japan: Citizenship, Embodiment and Sexuality

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Tracing the history of feminism in Japan from the end of the nineteenth century to the present, Vera Mackie offers a fascinating account of those who rebelled against convention in the dissemination of ideas which challenged accepted ways of thinking about women, men and society. This carefully documented analysis is for students of feminism and related areas where nothing comparable is currently available.

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"Mackie's path-breaking book takes feminist research to a new level...[A] highly useful resource. Altogether, it is a must-read for students of gender studies and for anyone dealing with modern Japan's intellectual history." Andrea Germer, Pacific Affairs

"...a tour de force on this subject matter." American Journal of Sociology

"Mackie's path-breaking book takes feminist research to a new level...paradigm setting...a must-read for students of gender studies and for anyone dealing with modern Japan's intellectual history." Pacific Affairs

"Finally—a comprehensive account of the origination and implementation of feminism in Japan! Mackie meticulously uncovers the various females who led sociopolitical movements and their sometimes conflicting causes from the last quarter of the 19th century to the present. An invaluable contribution to the corpus of texts documenting femininist life internationally. Highly recommended." Choice

"This book is rich in details, well documented, and highly readable."
Karen Lee Callahan, Journal of Asian History

"This impressively researched volume...takes up the origins and guises of feminism in Japan between 1870 and the present. From primary sources and the work of post-World War II Japanese feminists and historians, Mackie traces the contours of Japanese feminism's prewar and postwar manifestations." H-Net, Scott North, School of Human Sciences, Osaka University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521820189
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/17/2003
  • Series: Contemporary Japanese Society Series
  • Pages: 308
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

Vera Mackie is Professor of Japanese Studies at Curtin University of Technology. Her publications include Creating Socialist Women in Japan (1997).

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. Freedom; 3. The new women; 4. The red wave; 5. The homefront; 6. Citizens; 7. Liberation; 8. Action; 9. Difference; 10. Conclusion: embodied citizens.

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