Book Announcement: Housewives of Japan

http://us.macmillan.com/housewivesofjapan/ofraGoldsteinGidoni

Ofra Goldstein-Gidoni
Palgrave Macmillan, 6/5/2012
ISBN: 978-0-230-34031-2, ISBN10: 0-230-34031-8, 

Women in postwar Japan have never felt completely free from the traditional concept of the housewife. 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 and their real lives. With a novel approach to the use of the Internet and email in the production of ethnographic knowledge, this book gives voice to the lives and thoughts of “professional housewives.”

“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

“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

Women in postwar Japan have never felt completely free from the traditional concept of the housewife. 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 and their real lives. With a novel approach to the use of the Internet and email in the production of ethnographic knowledge, this book gives voice to the lives and thoughts of “professional housewives.”

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Paula lives in the vortex of graduate life. She studies medieval Japanese history.
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