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Queer Japanese

Gender and Sexual Identities through Linguistic Practices

Authors: Abe, H.

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Abe presents a comprehensive picture of the linguistic strategies employed by Japanese sexual minorities in various social contexts, from magazine advice columns to bars to text messaging on cell phones to private homes.

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HIDEKO ABE is Assistant Professor of Japanese in East Asian Studies Department at Colby College, USA.

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“Queer Japanese is a treasure trove of information about the language practices—and language attitudes—of sexual minority speakers of Japanese, an understudied group of speakers, who are critically important to a realistic understanding of the gendered qualities of Japanese … it is a book to which we will return again and again for its wealth of information and its enticing look at a world of “gendered” Japanese that has yet to be fully explored.” (Janet S. Shibamoto-Smith, The Journal of Asian Studies, Vol. 72 (2), May, 2013)


"Based on extensive empirical research, Abe explores how sexual minorities in Japan use language as a resource for negotiating and constructing diverse roles and identities in specific socio-cultural contexts. The focus on marginalized speakers serves to illuminate the Japanese hegemonic gender and sexuality structure, and help us deepen our understanding of the complex relationship between language, ideology, and social meanings. The book is clearly written and the conclusions are well supported by intriguing and rich data. Abe s work represents a much needed and superb addition to the field." - Shigeko Okamoto, Professor and Chair, Language Program, UC Santa Cruz

"Abe forces us to transcend narrow models of Japan s linguistic landscape with her richly detailed and ethnographically grounded account of the language resources used by sexual minorities. This timely and innovative book provides a much needed perspective on the role of language in identity construction, taking us past worn stereotypes to an appreciation of the diversity found among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and transsexual speakers." - Laura Miller, Past President, Society for East Asian Anthropology and author of Beauty Up: Exploring Contemporary Japanese Body Aesthetics

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Queer Japanese
Book Subtitle
Gender and Sexual Identities through Linguistic Practices
Authors
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-10616-1
DOI
10.1057/9780230106161
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 199
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