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Perfectly Japanese By Merry I. White

Perfectly Japanese
by Merry I. White

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Are Japanese families in crisis? This title looks back at two key moments of "family making" in the past hundred years - the Meiji era and postwar period - to see how models for the Japanese family have been constructed. It portrays the everyday reality of a range of families.
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Perfectly Japanese: Making Families in an Era of Upheaval by Merry I. White

Are Japanese families in crisis? In this dynamic and substantive study, Merry Isaacs White looks back at two key moments of "family making" in the past hundred years-the Meiji era and postwar period-to see how models for the Japanese family have been constructed. The models had little to do with families of their eras and even less to do with families today, she finds. She vividly portrays the everyday reality of a range of families: young married couples who experience fleeting togetherness until the first child is born; a family separated by job shifts; a family with a grandmother as babysitter; a marriage without children.

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"Japanese politicians have pronounced the declining birthrate a national crisis. White gives us an enlightening bolt of reality, showing how Japanese families are really coping with the enormous changes surrounding them." - Ezra Vogel, Henry Ford II Research Professor at Harvard and author of Is Japan Still Number One?

About Merry I. White


Merry Isaacs White is Professor of Anthropology at Boston University. She is the author of The Japanese Educational Challenge: A Commitment to Children (1987), The Japanese Overseas: Can They Go Home Again? (1986), and The Material Child: Coming of Age in Japan and America (California, 1993) and coeditor of Comparing Cultures: Readings for Writers on Contemporary America and Japan (1996).

Table of Contents


List of Figures Acknowledgments Introduction PART ONE: MAKING FAMILY--A NATION BEGINS AT HOME 1. Why Families Are a National Security Issue 2. Family Under Construction: One Hundred Years at Home 3. Families in Postwar Japan: Democracy and Reconstruction PART TWO: CONTAINING ELEMENTS 4. Elemental Families: Starting with Children 5. Life Choices for Men and Women: The Bounded Realities of Reproduction 6. Twenty-First-Century Blues: Aging in Families PART THREE: CONSUMING AS SURVIVAL 7. Marketing the Bite-Size Family: Consuming Images, Supporting Realities Conclusion: Exceptions Are the Rule--Families as Exemplars of Diversity Notes Bibliography Index

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GOR010259139
Perfectly Japanese: Making Families in an Era of Upheaval by Merry I. White
Merry I. White
Twentieth Century Japan: The Emergence of a World Power
Used - Good
Paperback
University of California Press
2002-08-15
265
0520235053
9780520235052
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The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine.