Bicycle Citizens The Political World of the Japanese Housewife

ISBN-10: 0520212916
ISBN-13: 9780520212916
Edition: 1999
Authors: Robin M. LeBlanc
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Book details

List price: $31.95
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 3/5/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 266
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

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. To study the relationship between gender and liberal democratic citizenship, LeBlanc conducted extensive ethnographic fieldwork in suburban Tokyo among housewives, volunteer groups, consumer cooperative movements, and the members of a committee to reelect a female Diet member who used her own housewife status as the key to victory. LeBlanc argues that contrary to popular perception, Japanese housewives are ultimately not without a political world. Full of new and stimulating material, engagingly written, and deft in its weaving of theoretical perspectives with field research, this study will not only open up new dialogues between gender theory and broader social science concerns but also provide a superb introduction to politics in Japan as a whole.

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Note on Names
"Supposing Truth Is a Woman - What Then?"
The Identity of the "Regular Housewife"
Housewives and Citizenship
Volunteering against Politics: Housewives, Citizenship, and Community Service
Toward a "Housewifely" Movement: The Seikatsu Club Co-op's Daily Life Politics
The Ono Campaign: A "Regular" Housewife in Elite Politics
Conclusion
Notes
References
Index

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