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Bad Girls of Japan

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Are bad girls casualties of patriarchy, a necessary evil, or visionary pioneers? By tracing the concept of the bad girl in Japan as a product of specific cultural assumptions and historical settings, Bad Girls of Japan maps new roads and old detours in revealing a disorderly politics of gender. The essays explore deviancy in richly diverse media. Mountain witches, murderer ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published December 10th 2005 by Palgrave Macmillan (first published January 1st 2005)
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Chi Pham
Jun 27, 2012 Chi Pham rated it it was amazing
Shelves: japan, history
This book is of so excellent quality that I have to contemplate starting a history blog and translating certain portions of the books to my own language (and going to hell with the whole copyright thing). As a collection of essays about all the "bad girls" that have existed within Japanese history, the book juxtaposes the bad alongside the good, and rips out the hypocrisy as well as the the anxiety that Japanese society experience over these "bad girls".

My favorite part of the book must be the
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Mike
Jul 09, 2007 Mike rated it liked it
Sada Abe is my hero. Any woman that asphyxiates her lover in a fit a passion, cuts off his Jim Dangly so she can take it with her and carves her name in his arm is A-Okay in my estimation.
Nam Pham
Apr 14, 2013 Nam Pham rated it liked it
A very thorough study of 'bad' girls in Japan imbued with a strong feminist attitude. There are a bit of drama here and there and sometimes over-estimation of one's critical mind, but overall it's a very nice book with a lot of sympathy for the deviant.

The idea of 'bad' girl shall be portrayed in the dynamic of man-woman relationship and this book did just great. I initially picked up this book after watching Tetsuya Nakashima's Kamikaze Girls and Memories of Matsuko; but there wasn't much on w
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Marianna
Got this for an assignment on Hiratsuka Raicho. They mentioned her in passing a couple times. Seems like an interesting book. I will have to try and read this another time.
E.H.
Feb 25, 2014 E.H. rated it liked it
The essays were a bit uneven--some were quite good, but especially the last one in the book seemed to me to miss its mark a bit. The authors' refusal to begin to deconstruct the gender binary was surprising; I don't read a lot of women's studies but if the book had been focused on the US, I would have expected the binaries to be addressed in more detail. The fact that it is talking about Japan and not addressing that is interesting in a way that is somewhat indicative of the way that Western peo ...more
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Dr. Laura Miller received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1988. As of August 2010, she fills the Endowed Chair in Japanese Studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Dr. Miller is an internationally prominent scholar of Japan studies and linguistic anthropology. She has done fieldwork in Moscow and in Japan (Kansai area, Kanazawa, and Tokyo). After graduation from
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