Imagined Families, Lived Families: Culture and Kinship in Contemporary Japan (Google eBook)

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Akiko Hashimoto, John W. Traphagan
SUNY Press, 2008 - Social Science - 188 pages
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The Japanese family is at a crossroads of demographic change and altered cultural values. While the population of children has been shrinking and that of elders rising, attitudes about rights and responsibilities within the family have changed significantly. The realities of life in postmodern society have shaped both the imagined family of popular culture and the lived experience of Japanese family members. Imagined Families, Lived Families takes an interdisciplinary approach toward these dramatic changes by looking at the Japanese family from a variety of perspectives, including media studies, anthropology, sociology, literature, and popular culture. The contributors look at representations of family in manga and anime, outsider families and families that must contend with state prosecution of political activists, the stereotype of the absolute Japanese father, and old age and end-of-life decisions in a rapidly aging society with changing family configurations.
  

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Contents

1 Changing Japanese Families
1
Imagined Families
13
Japanese Families in Newspaper Comics
15
Depictions of the Family in Japanese Animation
33
Two Japanese Women Directors Study an AgeOld Problem
51
Lived Families
75
Three Crises for Japanese New Left Activists Families
77
6 Is Japan Still A Big Family? Nationality and Citizenship at the Edge of the Japanese Archipelago
111
Changing Elder Care at theTurn of the 21st Century
137
References
159
Contributors
169
Name Index
171
Subject Index
175
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Akiko Hashimoto is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Pittsburgh and the author of The Gift of Generations: Japanese and American Perspectives on Aging and the Social Contract.

John W. Traphagan is Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin and the coeditor (with John Knight) of Demographic Change and the Family in Japan’s Aging Society, also published by SUNY Press.

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