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The Too-Good Wife: Alcohol, Codependency, and the Politics of Nurturance in Postwar Japan

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Social drinking is an accepted aspect of working life in Japan, and women are left to manage their drunken husbands when the men return home, restoring them to sobriety for the next day of work. In attempting to cope with their husbands' alcoholism, the women face a profound cultural dilemma: when does the nurturing behavior expected of a good wife and mother become part o ...more
Paperback, 251 pages
Published December 29th 2005 by University of California Press (first published January 1st 2005)
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Chelsea Szendi
Apr 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Really well-written account of how the contemporary American discourse of ego psychology and the individual plays out in Japan, set in the context of a support group for families of substance abusers. Reads so smoothly and yet densely. Borovoy is particularly good at handling a long-standing dilemma for self-described feminist scholars from North America and Europe working outside the "West": how to retain a critical feminist position of the society under study, while recognizing that one's femi ...more
Alice Jennings
Jul 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Original- interviews from housewives who have given up on working, because becoming a housewife is the easier option. Puts a new perspective on lack of female employment
Adrienne
Some good information, but ends on a somewhat conservative note, and I have to take away points for referencing anything by Yamada Masahiro unproblematically (After hearing that man speak, I still can't imagine who gave him a damn PhD in the first place.) She also seems to have a tendency to reference very dated material without classifying it (although perhaps the in-text citation system renders that technically unnecessary? )
Jessica Zu
Mar 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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awesome! The reflections on American feminism are thought-provoking. I recommend every self-claimed feminist check out at least the conclusion of this book
I'd be interested to see how motherhood and childhood are constructed mutually in different cultures.
I'm primarily interested in discourses about childhood, children's sexuality and religiosity :)
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