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Author LinkVogel, Suzanne Hall,1931-2012.
Title LinkThe Japanese family in transition : from the professional housewife ideal to the dilemmas of choice / Suzanne Hall Vogel with Steven K. Vogel.
Distribution Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., [2013]
Description xi, 187 pages :  illustrations ;  24 cm.
Type of Material Book
Series ( Asia/Pacific/perspectives )
Series ( Asia/Pacific/perspectives)
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Contents: The postwar ideal -- Mrs. Tanaka: embracing the role -- Mrs. Itou: resisting the role -- Mrs. Suzuki: power and submission -- New strains.
Summary "In 1958, Suzanne and Ezra Vogel embedded themselves in a Tokyo suburban community, interviewing six middle-class families regularly for a year. Their research led to Japan’s New Middle Class, a classic work on the sociology of Japan. Now, Suzanne Hall Vogel’s compelling sequel traces the evolution of Japanese society over the past fifty years through the lives of three of these ordinary yet remarkable women and their daughters and granddaughters. Vogel contends that the role of the professional housewife constrained Japanese middle-class women in the postwar era--and yet it empowered them as well. Precisely because of fixed gender roles, with women focusing on the home and children while men focused on work, Japanese housewives had remarkable authority and autonomy within their designated realm. Wives and mothers now have more options than their mothers and grandmothers did, but they find themselves unprepared to cope with this new era of choice. These gripping biographies poignantly illustrate the strengths and the vulnerabilities of professional housewives and of families facing social change and economic uncertainty in contemporary Japan."--Publisher’s website.
Subject LinkFamilies -- Japan -- Case studies.
LinkHousewives -- Japan -- Case studies.
LinkWomen -- Japan -- Case studies.
LinkJapan -- Social conditions -- 1945-
Add.Author LinkVogel, Steven Kent.

System Number 000667062
ISBN Link9781442221710 (cloth : alk. paper)
Link1442221712 (cloth : alk. paper)
Link9781442221727 (electronic)
Link1442221720 (electronic)
Link9781442221727 (electronic)

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