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Titre : Reforming Japan: The Woman s Christian ...
Éditeur : University of British Columbia Press, Canada
Date d'édition : 2010
Reliure : Hardback
Etat du livre : New
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Language: English . Brand New Book. In 1902 the Woman s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) petitioned the Japanese government to abolish the custom of rewarding good deeds and patriotic service with the bestowal of sake cups. Alcohol production and consumption, its members argued, harmed individuals, endangered public welfare, and wasted vital resources. The petition was only one initiative in a wide-ranging program to reform public and private behaviour. Between 1886 and 1912, the WCTU launched campaigns to eliminate prostitution, eradicate drinking, spread Christianity, and improve the lives of women. As Elizabeth Dorn Lublin shows, members did not passively accept and propagate government policy but felt a duty to shape it by defining social problems and influencing opinion. Certain their beliefs and reforms were essential to Japan s advancement, members couched their calls for change in the rhetorical language of national progress. Ultimately, the WCTU s activism belies received notions of women s public involvement and political engagement in Meiji Japan. N° de réf. du libraire AAJ9780774818162
Synopsis : In 1902 the WCTU petitioned the Japanese government to stop rewarding good deeds with sake cups. Alcohol production and consumption, its members argued, led to suicide, bankruptcy, and child abandonment. The campaign was part of a wide-ranging reform program to oppose licensed prostitution, eradicate drinking and smoking, improve the lives of women, and spread Christianity. As Elizabeth Dorn Lublin argues, the WCTU's activism belies received notions of women in Meiji Japan. Far from being politically submissive, members felt a duty to shape government policy and believed that their moral values and religious beliefs were essential to their vision. They did not passively accept and propagate government policy - they defined social problems and tried to shape official solutions.
Critique: "Reforming Japan" is a very fine book. Based on an impressive array of Japanese-language sources, Lublin's work is a major English-language study about the initial quarter-century of the Japanese WCTU and the important role played by its leaders in the attempt to influence both public opinion and government into introducing social reforms that would benefit women and children in the new Japan.- Hamish Ion, author of "American Missionaries, Christian Oyatoi, and Japan, 1859-73" This excellent work of scholarship addresses a sorely neglected aspect of Japanese and feminist history. "Reforming Japan" is very readable and its arguments are convincing. Lublin has thoroughly mined many Japanese-language primary sources and has constructed a highly sophisticated line of argument. She has succeeded in what the late Mikiso Hane used to call "resurrecting the forgotten women's voices." This book will be very well received by Japanese historians. It deserves to be on every scholar's bookshelf.- Louis G. Perez, author of "Japan Comes of Age: Mutsu Munemitsu and the Revision of the Unequal Treaties"
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