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Recreating Japanese Men

Edited by Sabine Fruhstuck

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780520267374
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520950320 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520267374.001.0001
Recreating Japanese Men

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The chapters in this book explore the meanings of manhood in Japan from the seventeenth to the twenty-first century. The book examines a broad range of attitudes regarding properly masculine pursuits and modes of behavior. It charts breakdowns in traditional and conventional societal roles and the resulting crises of masculinity. Contributors address key questions about Japanese manhood ranging from icons such as the samurai to marginal men including hermaphrodites, robots, techno-geeks, rock climbers, shop clerks, soldiers, shoguns, and more. In addition to bringing historical evidence to bear on definitions of masculinity, contributors provide fresh analyses on the ways contemporary modes and styles of masculinity have affected Japanese men’s sense of gender as authentic and stable.

Keywords: Japan; Japanese men; masculinity; societal roles; Japanese manhood; samurai; hermaphrodites; robots; shoguns; gender

Book.  360 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Gender and Sexuality

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Introduction in Recreating Japanese Men

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Do Guns Have Gender? in Recreating Japanese Men

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Name and Honor in Recreating Japanese Men

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After Heroism in Recreating Japanese Men

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Perpetual Dependency in Recreating Japanese Men

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Losing the Union Man in Recreating Japanese Men

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Collective Maturation in Recreating Japanese Men

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