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Author Goldstein-Gidoni, Ofra.

Title Housewives of Japan : an ethnography of real lives and consumerized domesticity / Ofra Goldstein-Gidoni
Published New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012
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Description 1 online resource (xxv, 273 pages) : illustrations
Contents Entering the field: joining Mariko's introspective journey -- The postwar "professional housewife" and the Japanese state -- On "naturally" becoming housewives -- "Guarding the house": men as breadwinners, women as housewives -- A new housewife is born? Discourses of class and change in Royal Heights -- The new happy housewife of postbubble Japan -- Wrapping up: housewives as the "winners?"
Summary "Housewives of Japan gives voice to the lives and thoughts of 'professional housewives', a salient category of Japanese women. 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 by a variety of state agents, including the market and the media, and the 'real' lives of these women. Goldstein-Gidoni offers a novel approach to the use of the Internet and especially e-correspondence in the production of ethnographic knowledge. The central position she gives to the life and voice of Mariko, a coauthor, though not a cowriter, challenges ideas of hierarchies and authority in the production of such knowledge"--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 247-261) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Housewives -- Japan.
Women -- Japan -- Social conditions.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2011279844
ISBN 1137079622 (electronic bk.)
9781137079626 (electronic bk.)