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Women and Family in Contemporary Japan (Paperback)

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"Japanese mothers are powerful figures: they shape not only home life but also the workings of Japanese communities, schools, and workplaces. Susan Holloway uses Japan as a lens through which to explore the broad question of how culture shapes child rearing. Her indepth interviews with Japanese women shed light on universal questions: how mothers imagine what makes an effective parent, how one's own upbringing affects one's parenting, how to preserve tradition while accommodating modern demands, and how to balance work and family. This is a fascinating book grounded in the history and anthropology of Japan that speaks to the mounting pressures on the family in the industrialized world."- Amy Borovoy, Princeton University, author of The Too-Good Wife: Alcohol, Codependency, and the Politics of Nurturance in Postwar Japan

"In this timely and pathbreaking book, Susan Holloway paints an engaging canvas of how cultural concerns and public policies have shaped the ways young Japanese women view themselves, without losing sight of the ways that individual women also transcend their own culture in their perceptions and evaluations of what it means to be a wife and a mother. The combination of these elements - the cultural, the institutional, and the individual - is what makes this book so powerful and different from previous treatments of Japanese families. A must-read book for scholars interested in an up-to-date narrative of Japanese women as mothers and wives in contemporary Japan."- Per F. Gjerde, University of California, Santa Cruz

"Through a series of candid face-to-face, in-depth interviews supplemented by survey results, Holloway brings us a stunning critique of Japan's approach to the lives of women - conditions of education, work, and marriage that often add stress rather than support. Declines in rates of marriage and childbirth are understandable results, particularly under the scrutiny of the `faceless other' lurking among neighbors and extended family. The situation requires mothers to draw heavily on individual strength to attempt to create opportunities not only for their child's academic success but also for their personal happiness.- June A. Gordon, University of California, Santa Cruz

"There is no doubt that this is a major contribution to research and scholarship on Japanese parenting, child rearing, and education, but it is also a polished piece of writing, commanding the attention of anyone even slightly interested in the subject. The book is at once a synthesis of social science data and perspectives and an in-depth study of the attitudes and behaviors of 16 mothers in Osaka. Its analysis, reflecting the long experience of the author with this subject, is consistently illuminating, credible, and balanced."- Robert A. LeVine, Harvard University

"Susan Holloway explores the `good mother' in Japan in ways so far untreated in the Western literature on Japan. Why is it that Japanese women who now have so many options for work and activities still measure themselves by their capacity to be good mothers? Holloway examines the peaks and valleys of the landscape of women's lives in Japan, revealing the psychological and social complexities at ground level. The voices of four mothers frame a story of confidence when demands are high, initiative when frustration bars the door, and self-evaluation and determination when there is little support. And yet the joys of motherhood in Japan are evident, perhaps more strikingly available to a Japanese mother than to her striving Western counterpart."- Merry White, Boston University


Publisher Cambridge Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780521180375
SKU 213272673
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0521180376
Release Date 5/1/2010
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Number of Pages 0243
Publisher Cambridge University Press
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