Bicycle Citizens

The Political World of the Japanese Housewife

Author: Robin M. LeBlanc

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520920613

Category: Social Science

Page: 263

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While the typical Japanese male politician glides through his district in air-conditioned taxis, the typical female voter trundles along the side streets on a simple bicycle. In this first ethnographic study of the politics of the average female citizen in Japan, Robin LeBlanc argues that this taxi-bicycle contrast reaches deeply into Japanese society. To study the relationship between gender and liberal democratic citizenship, LeBlanc conducted extensive ethnographic fieldwork in suburban Tokyo among housewives, volunteer groups, consumer cooperative movements, and the members of a committee to reelect a female Diet member who used her own housewife status as the key to victory. LeBlanc argues that contrary to popular perception, Japanese housewives are ultimately not without a political world. Full of new and stimulating material, engagingly written, and deft in its weaving of theoretical perspectives with field research, this study will not only open up new dialogues between gender theory and broader social science concerns but also provide a superb introduction to politics in Japan as a whole.
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Millennial Monsters

Japanese Toys and the Global Imagination

Author: Anne Allison

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520221486

Category: History

Page: 332

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Millennial Monsters explores the global popularity of Japanese consumer culture--including manga (comic books), anime (animation), video games, and toys--and questions the make-up of fantasies nand capitalism that have spurred the industry's growth.
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Japan in Print

Information and Nation in the Early Modern Period

Author: Mary Elizabeth Berry

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520254171

Category: History

Page: 325

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Considering the social processes that drove the information explosion of the 1600s, this is an account of the conversion of the public from an object of state surveillance into a subject of self-knowledge. It shows that public texts projected a national collectivity characterized by access to markets, mobility, sociability, and self-fashioning.
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