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Women on the Verge [electronic resource] : Japanese Women, Western Dreams

By: Kelsky, Karen.
Contributor(s): Chow, Rey | Harootunian, Harry | Miyoshi, Masao.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Asia-Pacific: Culture, Politics, and Society: Publisher: Durham : Duke University Press, 2001Description: 1 online resource (310 p.).ISBN: 9780822383277.Subject(s): Women -- Employment -- Foreign countries | Women -- Employment -- Japan | Women -- Japan -- Identity | Women -- Japan -- Social conditionsGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Women on the Verge : Japanese Women, Western DreamsDDC classification: 305.42/0952 | 305.420952 Online resources: Click here to access online
Contents:
Contents; Illustrations; Acknowledgments; Note on Japanese Names and Terms; Introduction; 1. The Promised Land: A Genealogy of Female Internationalism; 2. Internationalism as Resistance; 3. Capital and the Fetish of the White Man; 4. (Re)Flexibility in Inflexible Places; Conclusion: Strange Bedfellows; Notes; Bibliography; Index
Summary: Explores issues of gender, race and national identity in Japan, by taking up for critical analysis an emergent national trend, in which some urban Japanese women turn to the West--through study abroad, work abroad, and romance with Westerners-- in order
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Contents; Illustrations; Acknowledgments; Note on Japanese Names and Terms; Introduction; 1. The Promised Land: A Genealogy of Female Internationalism; 2. Internationalism as Resistance; 3. Capital and the Fetish of the White Man; 4. (Re)Flexibility in Inflexible Places; Conclusion: Strange Bedfellows; Notes; Bibliography; Index

Explores issues of gender, race and national identity in Japan, by taking up for critical analysis an emergent national trend, in which some urban Japanese women turn to the West--through study abroad, work abroad, and romance with Westerners-- in order

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Anthropologist Kelsky (Univ. of Oregon) includes history, literature, popular culture, and economic factors in one of the most useful books on Japanese women. The writing is largely free of jargon, despite covering race, class, and gender. The author uses a case method from the Meiji Restoration forward; a largely chronological sequence that makes for an orderly unfolding of developments, and gives considerable social and historical depth often lacking in many studies of Japanese women. Most content dates to the past 50 years, with considerable attention to the period of occupation, but the book is also very much up-to-date, with frequent citations to works published in the 1990s. One of the most appealing and fascinating chapters is Kelsky's conclusion, in which she sensitively discusses the personal, psychological, and scholarly challenges encountered in this kind of research and writing. If one were to read a single book on Japanese women and their fascination with the Western world and its men, this should be it. It fundamentally updates and augments--and in many respects replaces--such basic texts as those written by Sumiko Iwao (The Japanese Woman, CH, Jun'93) and Takie Lebra (Japanese Women, CH, Sep'84). All levels/collections. R. B. Lyman Jr. Brandeis University

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<p>Karen Kelsky is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Oregon.<br></p>

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