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Author Borovoy, Amy Beth.

Title The too-good wife : alcohol, codependency, and the politics of nurturance in postwar Japan / Amy Borovoy.

Publication Info. Berkeley : University of California Press, [2005]


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Description 1 online resource (1 volume).
Series Ethnographic studies in subjectivity ; 6
Ethnographic studies in subjectivity ; 6.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction -- Alcoholism and co-dependency -- Motherhood, nurturance, and "total care" in postwar national ideology -- Good wives -- A success story -- The inescapable discourse of motherhood -- Conclusion: Impasses of Japanese feminism.
Summary Social drinking is an accepted aspect of working life in Japan, and women are left to manage their drunken husbands when the men return home, restoring them to sobriety for the next day of work. In attempting to cope with their husbands' alcoholism, the women face a profound cultural dilemma: when does the nurturing behavior expected of a good wife and mother become part of a pattern of behavior that is actually destructive? How does the celebration of nurturance and dependency mask the exploitative aspects not just of family life but also of public life in Japan?
Note Print version record.
Subject Alcoholics -- Family relationships -- Japan -- Tokyo.
Alcoholics' spouses -- Japan -- Tokyo.
Parents of drug addicts -- Japan -- Tokyo.
Codependency -- Japan -- Tokyo.
Social work with women -- Japan -- Tokyo.
Sex role -- Japan -- Tokyo.
Wives -- Japan -- Tokyo.
Alcoholics -- Japan -- Tokyo -- Family relationships.
SELF-HELP -- Substance Abuse & Addictions -- General.
PSYCHOLOGY -- Psychopathology -- Addiction.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Anthropology -- Cultural.
Alcoholics -- Family relationships. (OCoLC)fst00804419
Alcoholics' spouses. (OCoLC)fst00804459
Codependency. (OCoLC)fst00866213
Parents of drug addicts. (OCoLC)fst01430957
Sex role. (OCoLC)fst01114598
Social work with women. (OCoLC)fst01123561
Wives. (OCoLC)fst01176420
Japan -- Tokyo. (OCoLC)fst01204835
Other Form: Print version: Borovoy, Amy Beth. Too-good wife. Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2005 0520244516 0520244524 (DLC) 2004029705 (OCoLC)57285881
ISBN 9780520938687 (electronic bk.)
0520938682 (electronic bk.)
1423731468 (electronic bk.)
9781423731467 (electronic bk.)
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