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- DescriptionIn 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 ensuing decades 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 automy within their designated realm. Wives and mothers w 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 ecomic uncertainty in contemporary Japan.
- Author BiographySuzanne Hall Vogel (1931-2012) was a psychotherapist with University Health Services, Harvard University. Steven K. Vogel is professor of political science and chair of the Center for Japanese Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.
- Author(s)Suzanne Hall Vogel
- PublisherRowman & Littlefield
- Date of Publication15/02/2016
- SubjectSociology & Anthropology: Professional
- Series TitleAsia/Pacific/Perspectives
- Place of PublicationLanham, MD
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintRowman & Littlefield Publishers
- Content Note7 graphs
- Weight313 g
- Width151 mm
- Height230 mm
- Spine14 mm
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