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Selling Women: Prostitution, Markets, and the Household in Early Modern Japan
     

Selling Women: Prostitution, Markets, and the Household in Early Modern Japan

by Amy Stanley
 

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ISBN-10: 0520270908

ISBN-13: 9780520270909

Pub. Date: 06/19/2012

Publisher: University of California Press


This book traces the social history of early modern Japan’s sex trade, from its beginnings in seventeenth-century cities to its apotheosis in the nineteenth-century countryside. Drawing on legal codes, diaries, town registers, petitions, and criminal records, it describes how the work of “selling women” transformed communities across the

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This book traces the social history of early modern Japan’s sex trade, from its beginnings in seventeenth-century cities to its apotheosis in the nineteenth-century countryside. Drawing on legal codes, diaries, town registers, petitions, and criminal records, it describes how the work of “selling women” transformed communities across the archipelago. By focusing on the social implications of prostitutes’ economic behavior, this study offers a new understanding of how and why women who work in the sex trade are marginalized. It also demonstrates how the patriarchal order of the early modern state was undermined by the emergence of the market economy, which changed the places of women in their households and the realm at large.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520270909
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
06/19/2012
Series:
Asia: Local Studies / Global Themes Series
Pages:
282
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations
Foreword, Matthew H. Sommer
Acknowledgments
A Note on Currency and Prices

Introduction
Part One: Regulation and the Logic of the Household
1. Adulterous Prostitutes, Pawned Wives, and Purchased Women: Female Bodies as Currency
2. Creating “Prostitutes”: Benevolence, Profit, and the Construction of a Gendered Order
3. Negotiating the Gendered Order: Prostitutes as Daughters, Wives, and Mothers

Part Two: Expansion and the Logic of the Market
4. From Household to Market: Child Sellers, “Widows,” and Other Shameless People
5. Glittering Hair Ornaments and Barren Fields: Prostitution and the Crisis of the Countryside
6. Tora and the “Rules of the Pleasure Quarter”

Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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