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The Pathology of Modernity

Margaret Lock

in Encounters with Aging

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 1994 | ISBN: 9780520082212
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520916623 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520082212.003.0004
The Pathology of Modernity

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In the women's narratives, kōnenki is just one small part of the individual life cycle, which in turn is partly a product of the larger social order. The women who are in their fifties today, those in the cohort between forty- five and fifty-five at the time of the research, not only experience the physiological changes of this portion of the life cycle but also embody a social conflict that is keenly felt in contemporary Japan: the passage from tradition to modernity and postmodernity. Japanese women conduct their lives and reflect on them with these and other constraints in mind. At the same time, most take pride and satisfaction in accomplishing what they believe is worthwhile and within reach.

Keywords: contemporary Japan; Japanese women; postmodernity; life cycle; modernity

Chapter.  12034 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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