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Widows of Japan
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This book presents a wide-ranging study of widows in Japan, filtered through the dramatic and complex intersection of women with death. These experiences are portrayed as intensely personal and yet foreshadow momentous societal ramifications. The work represents years of research, numerous personal interviews conducted throughout Japan, and reflects not only historical and current perspectives, but also the diverse voices of the widows who participated in the research. These widows provide a point of focus for a multi-level analysis through the exploration of the inner-workings of the state, the family, and the social relations of gender. The lives of widows are examined as they are shaped by kinship and gender ideologies, class, transformations in language, and, most dramatically, war.
Deborah M. Aoki is Professor in the Department of English Literature, Hokusei Gakuen University and Junior College. She holds a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from the Department of Social Behavioral Sciences, Ohio State University, and her research interests include gender in Japanese society.
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