Permitted and Prohibited Desires: Mothers, Comics, and Censorship in Japan / Edition 1

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Overview


This provocative study of gender and sexuality in contemporary Japan investigates elements of Japanese popular culture including erotic comic books, stories of mother-son incest, lunchboxes—or obentos—that mothers ritualistically prepare for schoolchildren, and children's cartoons. Anne Allison brings recent feminist psychoanalytic and Marxist theory to bear on representations of sexuality, motherhood, and gender in these and other aspects of Japanese culture. Based on five years of fieldwork in a middle-class Tokyo neighborhood, this theoretically informed, accessible ethnographic study provides a provocative analysis of how sexuality, dominance, and desire are reproduced and enacted in late-capitalistic Japan.
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Editorial Reviews

Karen Kelsky
An important work…Permitted and Prohibited Desires is a valuable contribution to anthropology and cultural studies, providing at once an accessible introduction to some of the most influential recent Western theoretical trends and an experimental foray into the applicability of these theories in a non-Western cultural setting.
Journal of the History of Sexuality
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520219908
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 1/14/2000
  • Edition description: 1ST UNIVER
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 251
  • Sales rank: 1,183,855
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author


Anne Allison is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Duke University, and author of Nightwork: Sexuality, Pleasure, and Corporate Masculinity in a Tokyo Hostess Club (1994).
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Table of Contents

List of Figures
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 Different Differences: Place and Sex in Anthropology, Feminism, and Cultural Studies 1
2 A Male Gaze in Japanese Children's Cartoons, or, Are Naked Female Bodies Always Sexual? 29
3 Cartooning Erotics: Japanese Ero Manga 51
4 Japanese Mothers and Obentos: The Lunch Box as Ideological State Apparatus 81
5 Producing Mothers 105
6 Transgressions of the Everyday: Stories of Mother-Son Incest in Japanese Popular Culture 123
7 Public Veilings and Public Surveillance: Obscenity Laws and Obscene Fantasies in Japan 147
Notes 177
References 197
About the Book and Author 215
Index 217
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