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Toshie: A Story of Village Life in Twentieth-Century Japan (Philip E. Lilienthal Books)

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Sakaue Toshiand#233; 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. Toshiand#233; is the story of that extraordinary transformation as witnessed and experienced by Toshiand#233; 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 Toshiand#233;'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, Toshiand#233;'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.

Synopsis:

A story of villiage life in twentieth-century Japan.

Synopsis:

A broad, richly textured social history of the Japanese countryside from the 1920s to the present. told through the life of one woman and her community.

About the Author

Simon Partner is Associate Professor of Japanese History at Duke University. He is the author of Assembled in Japan: Electrical Goods and the Making of the Japanese Consumer (California, 1999).

Table of Contents

Preface

List of Illustrations

1. On the Banks of the Agano

2. The Making of a Japanese Citizen

3. The Village Goes to War

4. Rural Life Under the Occupation

5. Red Carpets and Whisky

Conclusion

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520240971
Author:
Partner, Simon
Publisher:
University of California Press
Location:
Berkeley
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Asia - Japan
Subject:
Japan
Subject:
Villages
Subject:
Rural families
Subject:
Yokogoshi-mura
Subject:
Japan - Rural conditions - 20th century
Subject:
Rural families - Japan - History -
Subject:
Asia
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Philip E. Lilienthal Books
Series Volume:
GTR-550
Publication Date:
20040331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
15 b/w photographs
Pages:
210
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.5 in 12 oz

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