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Japanese Women and the Transnational Feminist Movement before World War II by Taeko Shibahara
  

Japanese Women and the Transnational Feminist Movement before World War II

Synopsis

Japanese Women and the Transnational Feminist Movement before World War II by Taeko Shibahara

This book traces the development of feminist consciousness in Japan from 1871 to 1941. Taeko Shibahara uncovers some fascinating histories as she examines how middle-class women navigated between domestic and international influences to form ideologies and strategies for reform. They negotiated a humanitarian space as Japan expanded its nationalist, militarist, imperialist, and patriarchal power. Focusing on these women's political awakening and activism, Shibahara shows how Japanese feminists channeled and adapted ideas selected from international movements and from interactions with mainly American social activists. Japanese Women and the Transnational Feminist Movement before World War II also connects the development of international contacts with the particular contributions of Ichikawa Fusae to the suffrage movement, Ishimoto Shidzue to the birth control movement, and Gauntlett Tsune to the peace movement by touching on issues of poverty, prostitution, and temperance. The result provides a window through which to view the Japanese women's rights movement with a broader perspective.

About the Author

Taeko Shibahara is an independent scholar who teaches part time at Doshisha University and Ryukoku University. She is a co-translator of Ellen Carol DuBois and Lynn Dumenil's Through Women's Eyes: An American History with Documents.

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Book Info

Publication date

4th April 2014

Author

Taeko Shibahara

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Publisher

Temple University Press,U.S.

Format

Hardback
222 pages

Categories

Feminism & feminist theory

Social classes
Human rights

ISBN

9781439910382

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