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Dilemmas of AdulthoodJapanese Women and the Nuances of Long-Term Resistance$
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Nancy Rosenberger

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780824836962

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824836962.001.0001

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Living within the Dilemma of Choice

Living within the Dilemma of Choice


(p.54) Chapter Three Living within the Dilemma of Choice
Dilemmas of Adulthood

Nancy Rosenberger

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines how single women live within the dilemma of choice. Singles are at the center of contradictions in Japan and the social movement that is stretching the limits of compatibility with the societal rules. Experiencing both the chaos and the flexibility of late modernity, they feel the pressure to appear successful. This chapter considers two groups, the successful singles and the struggling singles, and how they deal with the question of dependence versus independence in their evolving search for self. It shows that the singles are all seeking an extended or reinterpreted version of self as an expression of their quiet long-term resistance to the rules of society. It also examines how, within the framework of singlehood, these women continue to grapple with the ambiguity of independence and success.

Keywords:   single women, choice, ambiguity, contradictions, modernity, dependence, independence, self, long-term resistance, singlehood

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