Re-Imaging Japanese Women / Edition 1

Re-Imaging Japanese Women / Edition 1

by Anne E. Imamura
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520202635

ISBN-13: 9780520202634

Pub. Date: 07/31/1996

Publisher: University of California Press

Re-Imaging Japanese Women takes a revealing look at women whose voices have only recently begun to be heard in Japanese society: politicians, practitioners of traditional arts, writers, radicals, wives, mothers, bar hostesses, department store and blue-collar workers. This unique collection of essays gives a broad, interdisciplinary view of contemporary Japanese…  See more details below

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Re-Imaging Japanese Women takes a revealing look at women whose voices have only recently begun to be heard in Japanese society: politicians, practitioners of traditional arts, writers, radicals, wives, mothers, bar hostesses, department store and blue-collar workers. This unique collection of essays gives a broad, interdisciplinary view of contemporary Japanese women while challenging readers to see the development of Japanese women's lives against the backdrop of domestic and global change. These essays provide a "second generation" analysis of roles, issues and social change. The collection brings up to date the work begun in Gail Lee Bernstein's Recreating Japanese Women, 1600-1945 (California, 1991), exploring disparities between the current range of images of Japanese women and the reality behind the choices women make.

Author Biography: Anne E. Imamura is Chair of Asian Studies at the United States Department of State Foreign Service Institute.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520202634
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
07/31/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
372
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Introduction1
1Fragile Resistance, Signs of Status: Women between State and Media in Japan12
2The Telepresentation of Gender in Japan46
3Centering the Household: The Remaking of Female Maturity in Japan73
4Social Relations as Capital: The Story of Yuriko104
5The Traditional Arts as Leisure Activities for Contemporary Japanese Women117
6Producing Mothers135
7Nurturing and Femininity: The Ideal of Caregiving in Postwar Japan156
8Mother or Mama: The Political Economy of Bar Hostesses in Sapporo177
9Marriage, Motherhood, and Career Management in a Japanese "Counter Culture"192
10Careers and Commitment: Azumi's Blue-Collar Women221
11Popular Reading: The Literary World of the Japanese Working Woman244
12Women Legislators in the Postwar Diet271
13Three Women Who Loved the Left: Radical Woman Leaders in the Japanese Red Army Movement301
Afterword325
Notes on Contributors331
Further Reading335
Index345

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