Nightwork Sexuality, Pleasure, and Corporate Masculinity in a Tokyo Hostess Club

ISBN-10: 0226014878

ISBN-13: 9780226014876

Edition: 1994

Authors: Anne Allison
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Description: In Nightwork, Anne Allison opens a window onto Japanese corporate culture and gender identities. Allison performed the ritualized tasks of a hostess in one of Tokyo's many "hostess clubs": pouring drinks, lighting cigarettes, and making flattering or titillating conversation with the businessmen who came there on company expense accounts. Her book critically examines how such establishments create bonds among white-collar men and forge a masculine identity that suits the needs of their corporations. Allison describes in detail a typical company outing to such a club--what the men do, how they interact with the hostesses, the role the hostess is expected to play, and the extent to which all of this involves "play" rather than "work." Unlike previous books on Japanese nightlife, Allison's ethnography of one specific hostess club (here referred to as Bijo) views the general phenomenon from the eyes of a woman, hostess, and feminist anthropologist. Observing that clubs like Bijo further a kind of masculinity dependent on the gestures and labors of women, Allison seeks to uncover connections between such behavior and other social, economic, sexual, and gendered relations. She argues that Japanese corporate nightlife enables and institutionalizes a particular form of ritualized male dominance: in paying for this entertainment, Japanese corporations not only give their male workers a self-image as phallic man, but also develop relationships to work that are unconditional and unbreakable. This is a book that will appeal to anyone interested in gender roles or in contemporary Japanese society.

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Book details

List price: $28.00
Copyright year: 1994
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 5/28/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 228
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Anne Allison is the Robert O. Keohane Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Professor of Women's Studies at Duke University.

Acknowledgments
Prelude
Introduction
Ethnography of a Hostess Club
A Type of Place
A Type of Routine
A Type of Woman
Mapping the Nightlife within Cultural Categories Introduction
Social Place and Identity
The Meaning and Place of Work: The Sarariiman
Family and Home
Structure of Japanese Play
Male Play with Money, Women, and Sex
Male Rituals and Masculinity Introduction
Male Bonding
The Mizu Shobai Woman: Constructing Dirtiness and Sex
Impotence as a Sign and Symbol of the Sarariiman
References
Index
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