Perfectly Japanese: Making Families in an Era of Upheaval / Edition 1 available in Paperback
Are Japanese families in crisis?
In this dynamic and substantive study, Merry Isaacs White looks back at two key moments of "family making" in the past hundred years—the Meiji era and postwar period—to see how models for the Japanese family have been constructed. The models had little to do with families of their eras and even less to do with families today, she finds. She vividly portrays the everyday reality of a range of families: young married couples who experience fleeting togetherness until the first child is born; a family separated by job shifts; a family with a grandmother as babysitter; a marriage without children.
|Publisher:||University of California Press|
|Series:||Twentieth Century Japan: The Emergence of a World Power , #14|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)|
About the Author
Merry Isaacs White is Professor of Anthropology at Boston University. She is the author of The Japanese Educational Challenge: A Commitment to Children (1987), The Japanese Overseas: Can They Go Home Again? (1986), and The Material Child: Coming of Age in Japan and America (California, 1993) and coeditor of Comparing Cultures: Readings for Writers on Contemporary America and Japan (1996).
Table of Contents
List of FiguresAcknowledgments
IntroductionPART ONE: MAKING FAMILYA NATION BEGINS AT HOME1. Why Families Are a National Security Issue2. Family Under Construction: One Hundred Years at Home3. Families in Postwar Japan: Democracy and ReconstructionPART TWO: CONTAINING ELEMENTS4. Elemental Families: Starting with Children5. Life Choices for Men and Women: The Bounded Realities of Reproduction6. Twenty-First-Century Blues: Aging in FamiliesPART THREE: CONSUMING AS SURVIVAL7. Marketing the Bite-Size Family: Consuming Images, Supporting RealitiesConclusion: Exceptions Are the RuleFamilies as Exemplars of DiversityNotesBibliography