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Margaret Lock

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780520082212

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520082212.001.0001

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The Pathology of Modernity

The Pathology of Modernity

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(p.78) 4 The Pathology of Modernity
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Encounters with Aging
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Margaret Lock

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520082212.003.0004

In the women's narratives, kōnenki is just one small part of the individual life cycle, which in turn is partly a product of the larger social order. The women who are in their fifties today, those in the cohort between forty- five and fifty-five at the time of the research, not only experience the physiological changes of this portion of the life cycle but also embody a social conflict that is keenly felt in contemporary Japan: the passage from tradition to modernity and postmodernity. Japanese women conduct their lives and reflect on them with these and other constraints in mind. At the same time, most take pride and satisfaction in accomplishing what they believe is worthwhile and within reach.

Keywords:   contemporary Japan, Japanese women, postmodernity, life cycle, modernity

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