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Genders, Transgenders and Sexualities in Japan

Despite over a century of academic research into Japan and its customs, many inaccurate preconceptions about Japanese society remain, particularly regarding Japan's complex sex and gender system. "Genders, Transgenders and Sexualities in Japan "is the first collection to take a genuinely comparative look at the changing notions of gender and sexuality in Japan, highlighting the diversity that has long existed among Japanese people.
Based on extensive Japanese language materials and field-based research the authors examine how various nonconformist individuals have questioned received notions about sex and gender. From young women opposed to marriage, to heterosexual men who wish to be more involved in family life, the essays investigate the variety and complexity of Japanese people's experiences relating to traditional gender roles. In addition, the personal histories of feminist women, gay men, lesbians and transgender individuals are considered as these groups increasingly work together to challenge what it means to be a responsible citizen of modern Japan.
Featuring chapters written by key Japanese and Western scholars, "Genders, Transgenders and Sexualities in Japan "gives an overview of the important changes taking place in gender and sexuality studies. Including essays on previously overlooked individuals, histories and communities, this illuminating collection will be of interest to students and researchers in the fields of Asian studies, anthropology and sexuality and gender studies.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 2. Hegemonic Gender in Japanese as a Foreign Language Education: Australian Perspectives 3. The Origins of `Queer Studies' in Postwar Japan 4. Transgendering Shojo Shosetsu: Girls' Inter-text/Sex-uality 5. From The Well of Loneliness to the Akarui Rezubian: Western Translations and Japanese Lesbian Identities 6. The Politics of Okama and Onabe: Uses and Abuses of Terminology Regarding Homosexuality and Transgender 7. Salarymen Doing Queer: Gay Men and Heterosexual Public Sphere 8. Being Male in a Female World: Masculinity and Gender in Okinawan Shamanism 9. `Understanding Through the Body': The Masquerades of Mishima Yukio and Morimura Yasumasa 10. An Introduction to Men's Studies 11. Rethinking Japanese Masculinities: Recent Research Trends 12. Salarymen Doing Straight: Heterosexual Men and the Dynamics of Gender Conformity 13. Feminist Futures in Japan: Exploring the Work of Haruka Yoko and Kitahara Minori 14 Commodified Romance in a Tokyo Host Club

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University of Queensland, Australia University of Western Australia, Australia


'This collection fills a major gap in the field of Japanese studies on transgressive genders and sexualities, and does so with insight, originality, and a fine sense of contemporary Japan's contradictions and dynamism.' - Karen Kelsky, East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 'These are interesting, insightful and readable essays that should be of interest to a broad range of readers and that contribute to and call for further critical discussion of gendered/sexual plurality and difference as part of the everyday as well as the extraordinary in (and out of) Japan.' - Intersections: Gender, History and Culture in the Asian Context 'The book under review is a welcome addition to the study of genders and sexualities in modern Japan. The book has achieved the primal goal set by the editors to introduce a wide range of gendered and queered practices in Japan to non-Japanese speakers.' - TANAKA Masakazu/Kyoto University

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