Stock up in time for back to school with thousands of textbooks at just 25 £/$/€ each Shop now >>

Genders and Sexualities in History

Knowledge, Power, and Women's Reproductive Health in Japan, 1690–1945

Authors: Terazawa, Yuki

Free Preview
  • Traces the increasing power and control of the state and scientific and medical experts over women’s reproductive lives in Japan
  • Provides a broad perspective on the history of reproduction, discussing the transition from the premodern to modern period
  • Demonstrates how some women resisted and challenged the state and medical experts to manage and control their bodies 
see more benefits

Buy this book

eBook £63.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-73084-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £79.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-73083-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover £79.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-10312-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
About this book

This book analyzes how women’s bodies became a subject and object of modern bio-power by examining the history of women’s reproductive health in Japan between the seventeenth century and the mid-twentieth century. Yuki Terazawa combines Foucauldian theory andfeminist ideas with in-depth historical research. She argues that central to the rise of bio-power and the colonization of people by this power was modern scientific taxonomies that classify people into categories of gender, race, nationality, class, age, disability, and disease. Whilediscussions of the roles played by the modern state are of critical importance to this project, significant attention is also paid to the increasing influences of male obstetricians and the parts that trained midwives and public health nurses played in the dissemination of modern powerafter the 1868 Meiji Restoration.

About the authors

Yuki Terazawa is Associate Professor in History at Hofstra University, USA. She has previously published ‘Racializing Bodies through Science in Meiji Japan: The Rise of Race-Based Research in Gynecology’ in Morris Low (ed), Building a Modern Japan: Science, Technology, and Medicine in the Meiji Era and Beyond (Palgrave, 2005).

Reviews

“It is a reflection on the Japanese reflection on the body, which will probably be of interest to historians of Japanese medical culture and culture, as well as to historians of other traditions interested in comparative work. … it is a fascinating reconstruction of a deep and radical transformation that illustrates how a society might have shifted from its tradition to a totally different position because (or thanks to) its desire to align itself with the international community.” (Alain Touwaide, Doody's Book Reviews, October, 2018)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook £63.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-73084-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £79.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-73083-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover £79.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-10312-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

Services for this book

Loading...

Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Knowledge, Power, and Women's Reproductive Health in Japan, 1690–1945
Authors
Series Title
Genders and Sexualities in History
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-73084-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-73084-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-73083-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-10312-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 318
Number of Illustrations
45 b/w illustrations
Topics