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Perfectly Japanese: Making Families in an Era of Upheaval

Merry Isaacs White


Are Japanese families in crisis? This book looks back at two key moments of “family making” in the past hundred years—the Meiji era and postwar period—to see how models for the Japanese family have been constructed. The models had little to do with the families of their eras and even less to do with families today, it finds. The book vividly portrays the everyday reality of a range of families: young married couples who experience fleeting togetherness until the first child is born; a family separated by job shifts; a family with a grandmother as babysitter; a marriage without children.

Keywords: Japanese families, family making, Meiji era, postwar period, marriage, children, Japan

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780520217546
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520217546.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Merry Isaacs White, author