Gendering Modern Japanese History / Edition 1

Gendering Modern Japanese History / Edition 1

by Barbara Molony
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674017803

ISBN-13: 9780674017801

Pub. Date: 11/15/2005

Publisher: Harvard University Press

In the past quarter-century, gender has emerged as a lively area of inquiry for historians and other scholars, and gender analysis has suggested important revisions of the “master narratives” of national histories—the dominant, often celebratory tales of the successes of a nation and its leaders. Although modern Japanese history has not yet been

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In the past quarter-century, gender has emerged as a lively area of inquiry for historians and other scholars, and gender analysis has suggested important revisions of the “master narratives” of national histories—the dominant, often celebratory tales of the successes of a nation and its leaders. Although modern Japanese history has not yet been restructured by a foregrounding of gender, historians of Japan have begun to embrace gender as an analytic category.

The sixteen chapters in this volume treat men as well as women, theories of sexuality as well as gender prescriptions, and same-sex as well as heterosexual relations in the period from 1868 to the present. All of them take the position that history is gendered; that is, historians invariably, perhaps unconsciously, construct a gendered notion of past events, people, and ideas. Together, these essays construct a history informed by the idea that gender matters because it was part of the experience of people and because it often has been a central feature in the construction of modern ideologies, discourses, and institutions. Separately, each chapter examines how Japanese have (en)gendered their ideas, institutions, and society.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674017801
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
11/15/2005
Series:
Harvard East Asian Monographs Series, #251
Pages:
632
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.90(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
1Made in Japan : Meiji women's education39
2Thoughts on the early Meiji gentleman61
3Commodifying and engendering morality : self-cultivation and the construction of the "ideal woman" in 1920s mass women's magazines99
4"S" is for sister : schoolgirl intimacy and "same-sex love" in early twentieth-century Japan133
5Seeds and (nest) eggs of empire : sexology manuals/manual sexology191
6Engendering eugenics : feminists and marriage restriction legislation in the 1920s225
7Making "soldiers" : the Imperial Army and the Japanese man in Meiji society and state259
8Reading the Japanese colonial archive : gender and bourgeois civility in Korea and Manchuria before 1932295
9Women's deaths as weapons of war in Japan's "final battle"326
10Gendering the labor market : evidence from the interwar textile industry359
11Sorting coal and pickling cabbage : Korean women in the Japanese mining industry393
12Managing the Japanese household : the new life movement in postwar Japan423
13The quest for women's rights in turn-of-the-century Japan463
14Womanhood, war, and empire : transmutations of "good wife, wise mother" before 1931493
15Toward a critique of transhistorical femininity520
16Feminism and media in the late twentieth century : reading the limits of a politics of transgression555

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