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The Historical Consumer
Consumption and Everyday Life in Japan, 1850-2000
 
 
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15 Dec 2011
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Much of the existing writing on Japan's economic rise has concentrated on the production of goods, and has largely neglected the role of the consumers and users of the expanding output of Japanese businesses and workers. While historians of Europe and North America have opened up the 'world of goods' and its role in industrialisation and modernisation, Japan is often seen as having little consumption history of its own, distinct from Western paths of development. This volume seeks to change this picture, and brings together studies by Japanese, British and American historians that combine economic, social and cultural analysis of the distinctive historical pathways of consumption in Japan.

Chapters focus on the interactions among individuals, institutions and social structures that have determined the changing pattern of everyday life in Japan since the nineteenth century, viewing consumption history through contexts that range from household labour allocation and gender relations to fashion, food and leisure. The collection thus aims both to broaden the comparative framework within which global consumption history can be studied and to demonstrate some of the ways in which Japanese consumer life followed its own course throughout the process of economic development.


Description

Much of the existing writing on Japan's economic rise has concentrated on the production of goods, and has largely neglected the role of the consumers and users of the expanding output of Japanese businesses and workers. While historians of Europe and North America have opened up the 'world of goods' and its role in industrialisation and modernisation, Japan is often seen as having little consumption history of its own, distinct from Western paths of development. This volume seeks to change this picture, and brings together studies by Japanese, British and American historians that combine economic, social and cultural analysis of the distinctive historical pathways of consumption in Japan.

Chapters focus on the interactions among individuals, institutions and social structures that have determined the changing pattern of everyday life in Japan since the nineteenth century, viewing consumption history through contexts that range from household labour allocation and gender relations to fashion, food and leisure. The collection thus aims both to broaden the comparative framework within which global consumption history can be studied and to demonstrate some of the ways in which Japanese consumer life followed its own course throughout the process of economic development.


Contents

Introduction: Japan's Consumption History in Comparative Perspective; J. Hunter & P. Francks
PART I: GENDER, THE HOUSEHOLD AND CONSUMPTION
The Role of Housework in Everyday Life: Another Aspect of Consumption in Modern Japan; M. Tanimoto
Like Bamboo Shoots after the Rain: the Growth of a Nation of Dressmakers and Consumers; A. Gordon
Building up Steam as Consumers: Women, Rice-cookers and the Consumption of Everyday Household Goods in Japan; H. Macnaughtan
PART II: TRADITION, MODERNITY AND THE GROWTH OF CONSUMPTION
Japanese Modernisation and the Changing Everyday Life of the Consumer: Evidence from Household Accounts; S. Nakanishi & T. Futaya
Sweetness and Empire: Sugar Consumption in Imperial Japan; B. Kushner
Kimono Fashion: the Consumer and the Growth of the Textile Industry in Pre-war Japan; P. Francks
Reviving Tradition: Patients and the Shaping of Japan's Traditional Medicines Industry; M. Umemura
PART III: SPACES AND PATHWAYS OF CONSUMPTION
Getting on a Train: Railway Passengers and the Growth of Train Travel in Meiji Japan; N. Nakamura
People and Post Offices: Consumption of Postal Services in Japan from the Late Nineteenth Century; J. Hunter
Mail-order Retailing in Pre-war Japan: a Pathway to Consumption Before the Mass Market; I. Mitsuzono
From Corporate Playground to Family Resort: Golf as Commodity in Post-war Japan; A. Lockyer
Conclusion: History and the Consumer: an Historian of the West Looks to Japan; B. Lemire


Authors

PENELOPE FRANCKS is Honorary Lecturer in Japanese Studiesat the University of Leeds, UK. She wasuntil 2004 Reader in Japanese Studies at the University,where she taught courses on the Japanese economy and Japanese studies. Her longstanding work on Japanese agriculture culminated in Rural Economic Development in Japan (2006) and she has recently published The Japanese Consumer; an Alternative Economic History of Modern Japan (2009).

JANET HUNTER is Saji Professor of Economic History at the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK. She has written widely on the economic history of modern Japan, and her major publications include Women and the Labour Market in Japan's Industrialising Economy (2003, Japanese edition 2008).