Isami's House: Three Centuries of a Japanese Family / Edition 1

Isami's House: Three Centuries of a Japanese Family / Edition 1

by Gail Lee Bernstein
     
 


“There simply is no other book like this. No other family history presents such a range of insights into the ways in which individuals, women as well as men, have had to cope with changes wrought by the social modernization of Japanese family culture.”—James L. McClain, author of Japan: A Modern History

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“There simply is no other book like this. No other family history presents such a range of insights into the ways in which individuals, women as well as men, have had to cope with changes wrought by the social modernization of Japanese family culture.”—James L. McClain, author of Japan: A Modern History

Isami's House is the chronicle of a remarkable family, neither aristocratic nor famous, whose rise and decline seem to parallel Japan's. It makes absorbing reading, affording a panoramic view of a rural family's rise to local prominence at the dawn of the modern Japanese nation state, the expansion of its presence to Tokyo and then the empire, its experience in war and defeat, and finally its postwar reconfiguration as a dispersed urban family.”—Norma Field, author of In the Realm of a Dying Emperor: A Portrait of Japan at Century's End

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520246973
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
10/07/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
314
Sales rank:
1,220,822
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

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Meet the Author

Gail Lee Bernstein is Professor of History at the University of Arizona. She is the author of Haruko's World: A Japanese Farm Woman and Her Community (1996), editor of Recreating Japanese Women (California, 1991), and coeditor of Public Spheres, Private Lives (2005) and Japan and the World: Essays on Japanese History and Politics (1988).

Table of Contents

Prologue : history revealed
Matsuura genealogy
Introduction : an agrarian childhood1
1The house Isami built21
2Kissing cousins36
3Father of the village48
4Strong wives66
5Urban studies83
6The marriage pipeline97
7Frugality and fancy schemes109
8Outposts of modernity123
9Isami's children in harm's way137
10Hard times on the home front146
11Surviving Hiroshima159
12Missed fortunes169
13Making history181
14Absent husband195
15Couples and uncouplings205
16Mothering217
Epilogue : kin work233

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