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The Art of the Gut: Manhood, Power, and Ethics in Japanese Politics

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This beautifully written ethnography follows the lives of two very different Japanese men entering political life in two very different communities. One is the rural leader of a citizens' referendum movement, while the other hopes to succeed his father in a Tokyo ward assembly. Fast-paced and engrossing, The Art of the Gut puts the reader behind the scenes to hear speeches, attend campaign functions, and eavesdrop on late-night strategy sessions and one-on-one conversations. In her groundbreaking analysis, Robin M. Le Blanc explores the the two men's differing notions of what is expected of a "good" man and demonstrates how the fundamental desire to be good men constrains their political choices even as it encourages both to become ethical agents. The result is a vibrant and up-to-date picture of politics in Japan today that also addresses masculine gender expectations in a male-dominated political world, the connection between gendered identity and ethical being, and the process by which men who are neither dominant nor marginal to their communities assert themselves both with and against power.

Table of Contents

The power remainder — Breadwinners — The inheritor — The paradox of masculine honor — Cheating as a democratic practice — The art of the gut — Salad and cigarettes for breakfast, or how to find democracy by losing one's sense of perspective.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520945050
Publisher:
University of California Press
Subject:
History : Asia - General
Creator:
Robin M. LeBlanc
Author:
M., Le Blanc, Robin
Author:
Leblanc, Robin M.
Author:
Robin M. LeBlanc
Subject:
Political culture -- Japan.
Subject:
Japan Politics and government 1989-
Subject:
Political Process - General
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Asia - General
Subject:
Men's Studies - Masculinity
Subject:
Government - International
Subject:
Asia
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Subject:
World History-Asia
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
October 2009
Binding:
eBooks
Language:
English

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History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
History and Social Science » Gender Studies » Mens Studies
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » World History » Asia » General

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