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Beer, ice cream, and socializing; thighs, abs, and pecs—Japanese fitness clubs combine entertainment and exercise, reflecting the Japanese concept of fitness as encompassing a zest for life as well as physical health. Through an engaging account of these clubs, Working Out in Japan reveals how beauty, bodies, health, and leisure are understood and experienced in Japan today. An aerobics instructor in two of Tokyo’s most popular fitness club chains from 1995 to 1997, Laura Spielvogel captures the diverse voices of club members, workers, and managers; women and men; young and old.

Fitness clubs have proliferated in Japanese cities over the past decade. Yet, despite the pervasive influence of a beauty industry that values thinness above all else, they have met with only mixed success . Exploring this paradox, Spielvogel focuses on the tensions and contradictions within the world of Japanese fitness clubs and on the significance of differences between Japanese and North American philosophies of mind and body. Working Out in Japan explores the ways spaces and bodies are organized and regulated within the clubs, the frustrations of female instructors who face various gender inequities, and the difficult demands that the ideal of slimness places on Japanese women. Spielvogel’s vivid investigation illuminates not only the fitness clubs themselves, but also broader cultural developments including the growth of the service industry and the changing character of work and leisure in Japan.

Synopsis:

An ethnography of fitness clubs, aerobics, body image, and diet for women in contemporary Japan.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [227]-241) and index.

About the Author

Working Out in Japan is a theoretically sophisticated analysis informed by wide reading and well-grounded in the author’s extensive experience as a fitness instructor.”—Allen Guttmann, coauthor of Japanese Sports: A History
”Laura Spielvogel views notions of the body and gender in contemporary Japanese popular culture from an interesting new angle. This highly original work offers an important complement to the Western-dominated literature on the body, sports, and fitness by describing the distinctly Japanese body culture that is a product of both regional traditions and transnational influences.”—Susan Brownell, author of Training the Body for China: Sports in the Moral Order of the People's Republic

Product Details

ISBN:
9780822330493
Author:
Spielvogel, Laura
Publisher:
Duke University Press
Author:
Spielvogel
Location:
Durham
Subject:
General
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Body image
Subject:
Physical fitness for women
Subject:
Physical fitness centers.
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
Body image - Japan
Subject:
Physical fitness for women - Social aspects -
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20030131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
23 illustrations
Pages:
264
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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An ethnography of fitness clubs, aerobics, body image, and diet for women in contemporary Japan.
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