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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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The Nuances of Long-Term Resistance

The Nuances of Long-Term Resistance

(p.157) Chapter Seven The Nuances of Long-Term Resistance
Dilemmas of Adulthood

Nancy Rosenberger

University of Hawai'i Press

This book has examined the dilemmas of adulthood faced by Japanese women in the midst of economic decline and a shift to neoliberal ideas in Japan during the 1990s and 2000s. It has discussed these women's participation in their generation's form of resistance against the cultural code of postwar modernity, as well as their struggles with contradictions: external contradictions between historical and global influences in Japan, and internal contradictions between women's desires to actualize an independent self in the spirit of late modernity and their wish for inclusion in the changing relations and positions of postwar family and work. This concluding chapter discusses the book's findings and the lessons that can be drawn from them about the nuances of long-term resistance in the lives of Japanese women. It also shows a local example that may be similar to the experience of ambiguous long-term resistance for women living in other parts of the world.

Keywords:   dilemmas, adulthood, Japanese women, Japan, modernity, contradictions, self, family, work

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