Perfectly Japanese

Making Families in an Era of Upheaval
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ISBN-13:
9780520936591
Einband:
Ebook
Seiten:
265
Autor:
Merry White
Serie:
14, Twentieth Century Japan: The Emergence of a World Power
eBook Typ:
PDF
Kopierschutz:
Adobe DRM [Hard-DRM]
Sprache:
Englisch
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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.
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.
List of FiguresAcknowledgmentsIntroductionPART ONE: MAKING FAMILY—A 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 Rule—Families as Exemplars of DiversityNotesBibliographyIndex

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