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University of Hawai'i Press
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Rethinking Japanese Feminisms offers a broad overview of the great diversity of feminist thought and practice in Japan from the early twentieth century to the present. Drawing on methodologies and approaches from anthropology, cultural studies, gender and sexuality studies, history, literature, media studies, and sociology, each chapter presents the results of research based on some combination of original archival research, careful textual analysis, ethnographic interviews, and participant observation.

The volume is organized into sections focused on activism and activists, employment and education, literature and the arts, and boundary crossing. Some chapters shed light on ideas and practices that resonate with feminist thought but find expression through the work of writers, artists, activists, and laborers who have not typically been considered feminist; others revisit specific moments in the history of Japanese feminisms in order to complicate or challenge the dominant scholarly and popular understandings of specific activists, practices, and beliefs. The chapters are contextualized by an introduction that offers historical background on feminisms in Japan, and a forward-looking conclusion that considers what it means to rethink Japanese feminism at this historical juncture.

Building on more than four decades of scholarship on feminisms in Japanese and English, as well as decades more on women’s history, Rethinking Japanese Feminisms offers a diverse and multivocal approach to scholarship on Japanese feminisms unmatched by existing publications. Written in language accessible to students and non-experts, it will be at home in the hands of students and scholars, as well as activists and others interested in gender, sexuality, and feminist theory and activism in Japan and in Asia more broadly.

An electronic version of this book is freely available thanks to the support of libraries working with Knowledge Unlatched, a collaborative initiative designed to make high-quality books open access for the public good. The open-access version of this book is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0), which means that the work may be freely downloaded and shared for non-commercial purposes, provided credit is given to the author. Derivative works and commercial uses require permission from the publisher.

Table of Contents

  1. Half-title Page
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Introduction
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  1. Part I: Rethinking Activism and Activists
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  1. 1: Women’s Rights as Proletarian Rights
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  1. 2: From “Motherhood in the Interest of the State” to Motherhood in the Interest of Mothers
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  1. 3: From Women’s Liberation to Lesbian Feminism in Japan
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  1. 4: The Mainstreaming of Feminism and the Politics of Backlash in Twenty-First-Century Japan
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  1. Part II: Rethinking Education and Employment
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  1. 5: Coeducation in the Age of “Good Wife, Wise Mother”
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  1. 6: Flower Empowerment
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  1. 7: Liberating Work in the Tourist Industry
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  1. Part III: Rethinking Literature and the Arts
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  1. 8: Seeing Double
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  1. 9: Feminist Acts of Reading
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  1. 10: Dangerous Women and Dangerous Stories
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  1. Part IV: Rethinking Boundaries
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  1. 11: Yamakawa Kikue and Edward Carpenter
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  1. 12: Rethinking Japanese Feminism and the Lessons of Ūman Ribu
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  1. 13: Toward Postcolonial Feminist Subjectivity
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  1. 14: Takemura Kazuko
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  1. Conclusion: On Rethinking Japanese Feminisms
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  1. Contributors
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780824878375
Related ISBN
9780824866693
MARC Record
OCLC
1019678868
Launched on MUSE
2018-09-19
Open Access
Yes
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