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Housewives of Japan

An Ethnography of Real Lives and Consumerized Domesticity

Authors: Goldstein-Gidoni, O.

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Drawing on a unique ethnographic inquiry, Ofra Goldstein-Gidoni explores the complexities of the relationship between socially and culturally constructed roles bestowed on Japanese women by a variety of state agents, including the market and the media, and the 'real' lives of these women.

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OFRA GOLDSTEIN-GIDONI is the chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Tel Aviv University, Israel, where she holds a joint position with the Department of East Asian Studies. She is the author of Packaged Japaneseness: Weddings, Business and Brides.

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"A fascinating book about what it means and feels like to be a housewife in 2000s Japan . . . This is an imminently readable book that engages Japanese history, gender theory, and media studies to describe the options facing housewives in the contemporary moment. As omnipresent as housewives remain, this book shows us how varied and reflective they can be about their status, responsibilities, and degrees of satisfaction." - American Ethnologist

"An innovative attempt to trace the history and lived experience of Japanese "professional housewives." From popular media portrayals to 'housewife debates' and government propaganda tying women to domesticity even in the 2000s, Goldstein-Gidoni demonstrates the strength of the forces that propagate the housewife paradigm even as she reveals women's myriad responses to this lifestyle in the post-Bubble era. " - Glenda S. Roberts, Professor and Director of International Studies, Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University, Japan

"Goldstein-Gidoni gives voice to the lives and work of 'professional' housewives and to the vicissitudes of that especially salient category and status of Japanese women. Her work is a new and welcome addition to a long genealogy of the literature on Japanese housewives, and is the first, to my knowledge, to combine information about 'the professional housewife' with a reflexive interrogation of the process of ethnographic fieldwork. This book will greatly augment and update the body of scholarship on Japanese housewives and state formation from the perspective of domesticity." - Jennifer Robertson, Professor of Anthropology and the History of Art, University of Michigan, USA


Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Housewives of Japan
Book Subtitle
An Ethnography of Real Lives and Consumerized Domesticity
Authors
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Ofra Goldstein-Gidoni
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-07962-6
DOI
10.1057/9781137079626
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-34031-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-34288-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-137-52390-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXV, 273
Number of Illustrations
15 b/w illustrations
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