Imagined Families, Lived Families: Culture and Kinship in Contemporary Japan

Imagined Families, Lived Families: Culture and Kinship in Contemporary Japan

Akiko Hashimoto, John W. Traphagan


An interdisciplinary examine the dramatic adjustments within the modern eastern kinfolk, together with either empirical info and analyses of renowned culture.

The eastern kin is at a crossroads of demographic switch and adjusted cultural values. whereas the inhabitants of kids has been shrinking and that of elders emerging, attitudes approximately rights and duties in the kin have replaced considerably. The realities of lifestyles in postmodern society have formed either the imagined kin of pop culture and the lived event of jap family members contributors. Imagined households, Lived households takes an interdisciplinary strategy towards those dramatic adjustments via taking a look at the japanese kin from quite a few views, together with media experiences, anthropology, sociology, literature, and pop culture. The participants examine representations of family members in manga and anime, outsider households and households that needs to cope with kingdom prosecution of political activists, the stereotype of absolutely the eastern father, and outdated age and end-of-life judgements in a quickly getting older society with altering kin configurations.

“…Hashimoto and Traphagan’s number of essays is well timed and welcome … Imagined households, Lived Families might be applied as a textbook in sessions on postwar Japan, quite in classes targeting society or culture.” — Journal of eastern Studies

“…the prime quality of the essays and the presentation of unique learn now not formerly released makes this quantity valuable.” — Pacific Affairs

“Japanese kin styles are present process explosive swap. This quantity vividly showcases a few of the primary beneficial properties and unparalleled situations of this household transformation. it can be crucial analyzing for Japan experiences and for a kinfolk sociology of past due modernity.” — William W. Kelly, editor of Fanning the Flames: enthusiasts and customer tradition in modern Japan

Contributors contain Akiko Hashimoto, Susan O. lengthy, Keiko McDonald, Susan Napier, Patricia Steinhoff, Mariko Tamanoi, and John W. Traphagan.

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