Permitted and Prohibited Desires
Mothers, Comics and Censorship in Japan
By (author) Anne Allison
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Permitted and Prohibited Desires by Anne Allison
Book DescriptionThis provocative study of gender and sexuality in contemporary Japan investigates elements of Japanese popular culture including erotic comic books, stories of mother-son incest, lunchboxes--or obentos--that mothers ritualistically prepare for schoolchildren, and children's cartoons. Anne Allison brings recent feminist psychoanalytic and Marxist theory to bear on representations of sexuality, motherhood, and gender in these and other aspects of Japanese culture. Based on five years of fieldwork in a middle-class Tokyo neighborhood, this theoretically informed, accessible ethnographic study provides a provocative analysis of how sexuality, dominance, and desire are reproduced and enacted in late-capitalistic Japan.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780520219908
(229mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 6-Jan-2000
Country of Publication: United States
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Examining the crossover traffic between Japan and the United States, this book explores the global popularity of Japanese youth goods while it questions the make-up of the fantasies and the capitalistic conditions of the play involved.
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Author Biography - Anne Allison
Anne Allison is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Duke University, and author of Nightwork: Sexuality, Pleasure, and Corporate Masculinity in a Tokyo Hostess Club (1994).
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