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Perfectly Japanese

Making Families in an Era of Upheaval

Perfectly Japanese by Merry White
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Are Japanese families in crisis? In this dynamic and substantive study, Merry Isaacs White looks back at two key moments of "family making" in the past hundred years—the Meiji era and postwar period—to see how models for the Japanese family have been constructed. The models had little to do with families of their eras and even less to do with families today, she finds. She vividly portrays the everyday reality of a range of families: young married couples who experience fleeting togetherness until the first child is born; a family separated by job shifts; a family with a grandmother as babysitter; a marriage without children.
University of California Press; September 2002
267 pages; ISBN 9780520936591
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Title: Perfectly Japanese
Author: Merry White
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