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Bicycle Citizens: The Political World of the Japanese Housewife

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While the typical Japanese male politician glides through his district in air-conditioned taxis, the typical female voter trundles along the side streets on a simple bicycle. In this first ethnographic study of the politics of the average female citizen in Japan, Robin LeBlanc argues that this taxi-bicycle contrast reaches deeply into Japanese society.

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Paperback, 263 pages
Published March 5th 1999 by University of California Press (first published February 3rd 1999)
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Rachel Wagner
Sep 06, 2007 rated it liked it
So often feminist scholars try to analyze women through the lenses of men. Robin Leblanc lived with a Japanese family for a little while and as she was there she started to analyze the housewives surrounding her. She was surprised at how politically motivated they were and how much they got done. She talks of their daily gatherings to care for the children and the discussions that would arise. Women also made an incredible difference in the school meetings and town hall forums that they particip ...more
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Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
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I am not competent to judge this as a work of political science, but as a reader who is interested in Japan, and women's lives, and most especially the domestic aspect of women's lives, I found this absolutely fascinating. It is dry at times; LeBlanc is writing for academic colleagues and using the appropriate language of her field. I was willing to tolerate the dryness and moments of jargon, however, because of my delight in her argument that the frame of political science itself is lacking by ...more
Ivan
Feb 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
The book was an early bird on the political disengagement and dissatisfaction of the citizen in modern democracies, due to the factual gap between the lives of the politicians, even at the local level, and the lives of the citizen. I am very eager to read an up-to date monograph on the subject as the LeBlanc was witnessing the worrying phenomena of the "two speeds" and "two worlds" politics more than 10 years ago. Even more preoccupying is the fact that this disconnect between the citizen and th ...more
Alice Jennings
Jul 05, 2013 rated it liked it
It was alright. A bit boring but it gave me the info I needed on Housewife identity after children
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