Imagined Families, Lived Families: Culture and Kinship in Contemporary Japan
Akiko Hashimoto, John W. Traphagan
SUNY Press - Social Science - 188 pages
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.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
1 Changing Japanese Families
Japanese Families in Newspaper Comics
Depictions of the Family in Japanese Animation
Two Japanese Women Directors Study an AgeOld Problem
Three Crises for Japanese New Left Activists Families
Other editions - View all
activists agrarian colonists Ak’ko Alzheimer’s anime Asahi Asahi Shinbun Blondie camera caregiver century China Chinese comics conﬂict situations crises culture daughter daughter-in-law depicted difﬁcult elder elderly emigrated to Manchuria family conﬂict family members family’s father ﬁction ﬁgure ﬁlm ﬁnal ﬁnd ﬁrst ﬁve gender Granny Haneda Hannichi household husband ideal interview Japan Japan’s capitulation Japanese family Japanese Red Army Japanese society Kazoku Kyu¯en lawyer Kyu¯en Renraku Senta Kyu¯en strategy living marriage Masako Matsui mother mother-in-law Nono-chan North Korea nuclear family nursing home old woman’s Oriume orphans parents percent person police political popular postwar protest Ranma Red Army relationships repatriates return to Japan Ro¯jin role romantic love Sakamoto salaryman Sazae-san scene Senile Sensational Crime Shinji shot social Someone’s speciﬁc Steinhoff Stranded Child support group Tokugawa Shogunate Tokyo Godfathers Tomoe traditional Traphagan trial unconvicted detention wife woman women Yamada Yamato young zanryu