Japanese Feminist Debates: A Century of Contention on Sex, by Ayako Kano

By Ayako Kano

Recent years have visible a surge of curiosity in eastern feminism and gender heritage. This new quantity brings to mild Japan's feminist public sphere, a discursive house within which educational, journalistic, and political voices have lengthy met and sparred over concerns that stay arguable to the current day: prostitution, pornography, reproductive rights, the stability among motherhood and paid paintings, relationships among person, relatives, and nation. Japanese Feminist Debates: A Century of competition on intercourse, Love, and Labor contributes to this dialogue in a couple of specific methods.

The booklet is equipped round intellectually and politically charged debates, together with vital fresh advancements in nation feminism and the conservative backlash opposed to it, spearheaded through the present leading minister, Abe Shinzō. targeting crucial questions that experience but to be resolved, Ayako Kano lines the emergence and improvement of those controversies in terms of social, cultural, highbrow, and political background. Her specialise in the " rondan"—the jap highbrow public sphere—allows her to teach how disputes occurring therein interacted with either pop culture and coverage making. Kano argues that those feminist debates clarify an incredible paradox: why Japan is one of these hugely built smooth kingdom but ranks dismally low in gender equality. a part of the reply lies within the contested definitions of gender equality and women's liberation, and this ebook lines those contentions over the process glossy eastern background. It additionally situates those debates when it comes to sleek eastern social coverage and comparative discussions approximately welfare regimes.

By protecting a whole century, Japanese Feminist Debates is ready to hint the origins and improvement of feminist realization from the past due 19th century to the current day. in line with over a decade of analysis, this wide-ranging, full of life, updated publication will either spark dialogue between experts grappling with long-enduring matters of highbrow debate and animate undergraduate and graduate school rooms on smooth jap women's background and gender studies.

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