Book Announcement: Male Circumcision in Japan

male circumcisionCastro-Vázquez, Genaro (2015) Male Circumcision in Japan. New York: Palgrave.

ISBN 9781137518750

About the book

Male Circumcision in Japan provides an in-depth examination of anthropological and sociological developments in Japan which challenge the accepted biomedical view of male circumcision as a prophylactic measure. Adult male circumcision in Japan is largely commercialized as cosmetic surgery. Castro-Vázquez analyzes the structural factors and meanings embedded in male circumcision showing the social imagery and growing anxieties concerning changes in gender regimes and sexual mores in Japanese society Introducing the viewpoints of a group Japanese men and women to highlight the significance of penile hygiene to prevent disease, this book casts doubt on the relevance of male circumcision and contests the idea that women prefer the circumcised penis. Male Circumcision in Japan calls into question current globalizing campaigns to promote the circumcision of newborns, children, and adult males.


  1. Researching Circumcision 2. A Cosmetic Surgery 3. Men’s Views 4. Women’s Views 5. Urologists and Cosmetic Surgeons 6. Mothers’ View

Genaro Castro-Vázquez is Assistant Professor in the Division of Sociology at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.


About Paula

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