Toshi� A Story of Village Life in Twentieth- Century Japan

ISBN-10: 0520240979

ISBN-13: 9780520240971

Edition: 2004

Authors: Simon Partner
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Description: Sakaue Toshieacute; was born on August 14, 1925, into a family of tenant farmers and day laborers in the hamlet of Kosugi. The world she entered was one of hard labor, poverty, dirt, disease, and frequent early death. By the 1970s, that rural world had changed almost beyond recognition.Toshieacute;is the story of that extraordinary transformation as witnessed and experienced by Toshieacute; herself. A sweeping social history of the Japanese countryside in its twentieth-century transition from "peasant" to "consumer" society, the book is also a richly textured account of the life of one village woman and her community caught up in the inexorable march of historical events. Through the lens of Toshieacute;'s life, Simon Partner shows us the realities of rural Japanese life during the 1930s depression; daily existence under the wartime regime of "spiritual mobilization"; the land reform and its consequences during occupation; and the rapid emergence of a consumer culture against the background of agricultural mechanization during the 1950s and 1960s. In some ways representative and in other ways unique, Toshieacute;'s narrative raises questions about conventional frameworks of twentieth-century Japanese history, and about the place of individual agency and choice in an era often seen as dominated by the impersonal forces of modernity: technology, state power, and capitalism.

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Book details

List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 3/25/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

Simon Partner, Associate Professor at Duke University, is author of "Toshie: A Story of Rural Life in Twentieth Century Japan "and "Assembled in Japan: Electrical Goods and the Making of the Japanese Consumer "(both from UC Press).

List of Figures
Preface
On the Banks of the Agano
The Making of a Japanese Citizen
The Village Goes to War
Rural Life Under the Occupation
Red Carpets and Whisky
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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