Japanese Language, Gender, and Ideology: Cultural Models and Real People

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Japanese Language, Gender and Ideology is a collection of previously unpublished articles by established as well as promising young scholars in Japanese language and gender studies. The contributors to this edited volume argue that traditional views of language in Japan are cultural constructs created by policy makers and linguists, and that Japanese society in general, and language use in particular, are much more diverse and heterogeneous than previously understood. This volume brings together studies that substantially advance our understanding of the relationship between Japanese language and gender, with particular focus on examining local linguistic practices in relation to dominant ideologies. Topics studies include gender and politeness, the history of language policy, language and Japanese romance novels and fashion magazines, bar talk, dictionary definitions, and the use of first-person pronouns. The volume will substantially advance the agenda of this field, and will be of interest to sociolinguists, anthropologists, sociologists, and scholars of Japan and Japanese.

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"Exciting... This book is an important and refreshing addition to the existing work on Japanese language and gender. It not only scrutinizes the language and gender topic from a newer and broader perspective but it also aims at and succeeds in showing the reader that Japanese language and gender research is a continuous dynamic rather than a sequence of unrelated stages. In addition to these, the book also introduces the reader to the work of a number of key Japanese scholars who have influenced the research on language and gender in Japan and put it on a sounder, more innovative track but whose work has not been readily available in English. ...fresh, interesting, and groundbreaking."—Linguist List 16.1676
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195166170
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 10/9/2004
  • Series: Studies in Language and Gender Series
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Shigeko Okamoto is Professor Linguistics and Japanese in the Department of Linguistics, California State University, Fresno.

Janet S. Shibamoto Smith is Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Davis.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 3
1 Cultural ideologies in Japanese language and gender studies : a theoretical review 23
2 Ideology in linguistic practice and analysis : gender and politeness in Japanese revisited 38
3 Gender, language, and modernity : toward an effective history of "Japanese women's language" 57
4 "Japanese female speech" and language policy in the World War II era 76
5 Shifting speakers : negotiating reference in relation to sexuality and gender 92
6 Language and gender in the (hetero)romance : "reading" the ideal hero/ine through lovers' dialogue in Japanese romance fiction 113
7 "Let's dress a little girlishly!" or "conquer short pants!" : constructing gendered communities in fashion magazines for young people 131
8 You are doing Burikko! : censoring/scrutinizing artificers of cute femininity in Japanese 148
9 Women and words : the status of sexist language in Japan as seen through contemporary dictionary definitions and media discourse 166
10 Farm women's professional discourse in Ibaraki 187
11 Lesbian bar talk in Shinjuku, Tokyo 205
12 Prosody and gender in workplace interaction : exploring constraints and resources in the use of Japanese 222
13 Alternative femininity : personae of middle-aged mothers 240
14 Japanese junior high school girls' and boys' first-person pronoun use and their social world 256
15 Japanese men's linguistic stereotypes and realities : conversations from the Kansai and Kanto regions 275
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