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Genders, Sexualities and Bodies in Modern Japanese History

Chapter


Abstract


  • The importance of gender to the writing of the history of modern Japan is now wellestablished.

    We can trace a shift from ‘women’s history’, which was largely focused

    on making women visible in the historical narrative, to ‘gender history’. The field of

    gender history deploys ‘gender’ as a major conceptual tool of analysis; considers both

    men’s and women’s experiences; and interrogates both masculinity and femininity

    (Scott 1988: 42; Molony and Uno 2005: 1–35). There is a long tradition of the writing

    of women’s history in the Japanese language and we now have a significant body of

    scholarship in the English language, too, starting in the 1970s, and increasing in

    recent years.1 The concept of ‘gender’ (jendā) has gradually become mainstreamed, in

    both popular and academic discourse in Japan, and in English-language writings on

    modern Japanese history.

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • Mackie, V. (2017). Genders, Sexualities and Bodies in Modern Japanese History. In S. Saaler & C. W. A. Szpilman (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Modern Japanese History (pp. 348-360). Oxford: Routledge.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9781138815186

Book Title


  • Routledge Handbook of Modern Japanese History

Start Page


  • 348

End Page


  • 360

Place Of Publication


  • Oxford

Abstract


  • The importance of gender to the writing of the history of modern Japan is now wellestablished.

    We can trace a shift from ‘women’s history’, which was largely focused

    on making women visible in the historical narrative, to ‘gender history’. The field of

    gender history deploys ‘gender’ as a major conceptual tool of analysis; considers both

    men’s and women’s experiences; and interrogates both masculinity and femininity

    (Scott 1988: 42; Molony and Uno 2005: 1–35). There is a long tradition of the writing

    of women’s history in the Japanese language and we now have a significant body of

    scholarship in the English language, too, starting in the 1970s, and increasing in

    recent years.1 The concept of ‘gender’ (jendā) has gradually become mainstreamed, in

    both popular and academic discourse in Japan, and in English-language writings on

    modern Japanese history.

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • Mackie, V. (2017). Genders, Sexualities and Bodies in Modern Japanese History. In S. Saaler & C. W. A. Szpilman (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Modern Japanese History (pp. 348-360). Oxford: Routledge.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9781138815186

Book Title


  • Routledge Handbook of Modern Japanese History

Start Page


  • 348

End Page


  • 360

Place Of Publication


  • Oxford