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Book Review: The Japanese Family in Transition: From the Professional Housewife Ideal to the Dilemmas of Choice , written by Suzanne Hall Vogel, with Steven K. Vogel

Book Review: The Japanese Family in Transition: From the Professional Housewife Ideal to the... Suzanne Hall Vogel, with Steven K. Vogel, (2013) The Japanese Family in Transition: From the Professional Housewife Ideal to the Dilemmas of Choice . Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. 187 pages. ISBN : 978-1-4422-2171-0. Suzanne Hall Vogel’s book, The Japanese Family in Transition: From the Professional Housewife Ideal to the Dilemmas of Choice , is a humanly rendered and often poignant exploration of the place of the professional housewife ( sengyō shufu ) in Japanese over the past half-century. Vogel’s study examines the still salient but rapidly waning influence of the post-War sengyō shufu ideal in Japanese society. Drawing on decades of professional and personal interactions with a group of Japanese women and their respective families, Vogel reveals the considerable variation in individual experiences and divergent household trajectories that are often elided under the label, ‘middle class’. Vogel’s professional training and career as a mental health clinician at Harvard University’s Health Services provides a ‘psychosocial perspective’ (p. 18) that runs throughout the book. Two years of research in Japan in the late 1950s followed by interactions with Japanese families in Cambridge, Massachusetts, short trips to Japan, and several longer, funded visits to Tokyo in the mid-1970s and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asian Journal of Social Science Brill

Book Review: The Japanese Family in Transition: From the Professional Housewife Ideal to the Dilemmas of Choice , written by Suzanne Hall Vogel, with Steven K. Vogel

Asian Journal of Social Science , Volume 43 (3): 338 – Jan 1, 2015

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Brill
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Copyright 2015 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands.
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1568-4849
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1568-5314
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10.1163/15685314-04303011
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Suzanne Hall Vogel, with Steven K. Vogel, (2013) The Japanese Family in Transition: From the Professional Housewife Ideal to the Dilemmas of Choice . Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. 187 pages. ISBN : 978-1-4422-2171-0. Suzanne Hall Vogel’s book, The Japanese Family in Transition: From the Professional Housewife Ideal to the Dilemmas of Choice , is a humanly rendered and often poignant exploration of the place of the professional housewife ( sengyō shufu ) in Japanese over the past half-century. Vogel’s study examines the still salient but rapidly waning influence of the post-War sengyō shufu ideal in Japanese society. Drawing on decades of professional and personal interactions with a group of Japanese women and their respective families, Vogel reveals the considerable variation in individual experiences and divergent household trajectories that are often elided under the label, ‘middle class’. Vogel’s professional training and career as a mental health clinician at Harvard University’s Health Services provides a ‘psychosocial perspective’ (p. 18) that runs throughout the book. Two years of research in Japan in the late 1950s followed by interactions with Japanese families in Cambridge, Massachusetts, short trips to Japan, and several longer, funded visits to Tokyo in the mid-1970s and

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Asian Journal of Social ScienceBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2015

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