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How do couples build intimacy in an era that valorizes independence and self-responsibility? How can a man be a good husband when full-time jobs are scarce? How can unmarried women find fulfillment and recognition outside of normative relationships? How can a person express their sexuality when there is no terminology that feels right? In contemporary Japan, broad social transformations are reflected and refracted in changing intimate relationships. As the Japanese population ages, the low birth rate shrinks the population, and decades of recession radically restructure labor markets, Japanese intimate relationships, norms, and ideals are concurrently shifting.

This volume explores a broad range of intimate practices in Japan in the first decades of the 2000s to trace how social change is becoming manifest through deeply personal choices. From young people making decisions about birth control to spouses struggling to connect with each other, parents worrying about stigma faced by their adopted children, and queer people creating new terms to express their identifications, Japanese intimacies are commanding a surprising amount of attention, both within and beyond Japan. With ethnographic analysis focused on how intimacy is imagined, enacted, and discussed, the volume's chapters offer rich and complex portraits of how people balance personal desires with feasible possibilities and shifting social norms.

Intimate Japan will appeal to scholars and students in anthropology and Japanese or Asian studies, particularly those focusing on gender, kinship, sexuality, and labor policy. The book will also be of interest to researchers across social science subject areas, including sociology, political science, and psychology.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half-Title Page
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Chapter 1: Introduction The Stakes of Intimacy in Contemporary Japan
  2. Allison Alexy
  3. pp. 1-34
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  1. Chapter 2: Students Outside the Classroom Youth'€™s Intimate Experiences in 1990s Japans
  2. Yukari Kawahara
  3. pp. 35-53
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  1. Chapter 3: Resisting Intervention, (En)trusting My Partner “ Unmarried Women's Narratives about Contraceptive Use in Tokyo
  2. Shana Fruehan Sandberg
  3. pp. 54-72
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  1. Chapter 4: Romantic and Sexual Intimacy before and beyond Marriage
  2. Laura Dales, Beverley Anne Yamamoto
  3. pp. 73-90
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  1. Chapter 5: What Can Be Said? Communicating Intimacy in Millennial Japan
  2. Allison Alexy
  3. pp. 91-111
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  1. Chapter 6: My Husband Is a Good Man When He Doesn'€™t Hit Me Redefining Intimacy among Victims of Domestic Violence
  2. Kaoru Kuwajima
  3. pp. 112-128
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  1. Chapter 7: Power, Intimacy, and Irregular Employment in Japan
  2. Emma E. Cook
  3. pp. 129-147
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  1. Chapter 8: Manhood and the Burdens of Intimacy
  2. Elizabeth Miles
  3. pp. 148-163
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  1. Chapter 9: Gender Identity, Desire, and Intimacy Sexual Scripts and X-Gender
  2. S. P. F. Dale
  3. pp. 164-180
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  1. Chapter 10: Beyond Blood Ties Intimate Kinships in Japanese Foster and Adoptive Care
  2. Kathryn E. Goldfarb
  3. pp. 181-198
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  1. Chapter 11: Making Ordinary, If Not Ideal, Intimate Relationships Japanese-Chinese Transnational Matchmaking
  2. Chigusa Yamaura
  3. pp. 199-218
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  1. Chapter 12: Connections, Conflicts, and Experiences of Intimacy in Japanese-Australian Families
  2. Diana Adis Tahhan
  3. pp. 219-235
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  1. Chapter 13: Reflections on Fieldwork Exploring Intimacy
  2. Allison Alexy, Emma E. Cook
  3. pp. 236-259
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 261-263
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780824877040
Related ISBN
9780824876685
MARC Record
OCLC
1112124694
Launched on MUSE
2019-08-14
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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