Crafting Selves: Power, Gender, and Discourses of Identity in a Japanese Workplace

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University of Chicago Press, Apr 15, 1990 - History - 346 pages
"The ethnography of Japan is currently being reshaped by a new generation of Japanologists, and the present work certainly deserves a place in this body of literature. . . . The combination of utility with beauty makes Kondo's book required reading, for those with an interest not only in Japan but also in reflexive anthropology, women's studies, field methods, the anthropology of work, social psychology, Asian Americans, and even modern literature."—Paul H. Noguchi, American Anthropologist

"Kondo's work is significant because she goes beyond disharmony, insisting on complexity. Kondo shows that inequalities are not simply oppressive-they are meaningful ways to establish identities."—Nancy Rosenberger, Journal of Asian Studies
 

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Contents

SETTINGS
3
Whole Subject
26
Industries Communities Identities
49
Disciplined Selves
76
Japanese Selves and the Ethics Doctrines
110
FAMILY AS COMPANY COMPANY AS FAMILY
119
Adding the Family Flavor
161
Company as Family?
199
GENDER AND WORK IDENTITIES
229
under Siege
247
Uchi Gender and PartTime Work
258
The Stakes
300
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