Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Cultural Politics of Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Asia$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Tiantian Zheng

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780824852962

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824852962.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM HAWAII SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.hawaii.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Hawaii University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in HSO for personal use.date: 10 July 2020

Feeling like a “Man”

Feeling like a “Man”

Managing Gender, Sexuality, and Corporate Life in After-Hours Tokyo

Chapter:
(p.74) Chapter Four Feeling like a “Man”
Source:
Cultural Politics of Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Asia
Author(s):

Nana Okura Gagné

Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824852962.003.0005

This chapter argues that during Japan’s rapid economic rise, corporate consumption was conspicuous and promoted through corporate patronage of “night business” leisure spaces of hostess clubs. While it is tempting to think of such intimacy and exchange as characteristic of what Anthony Giddens calls the “transformation of intimacy” under late modernity, which presupposes that all relationships have become utilitarian and based on a “democratic” model of gender equality and mutual self-disclosure, this chapter aims to understand the dynamics of intimacy in late capitalist Japan. Through ethnographic research at three hostess clubs, this chapter argues that rather than representing the birth of new subjectivities and new forms of intimacies as a result of a destabilization of individual identities and social roles under late modernity, the kinds of intimacies at hostess clubs highlight how the continuing “democratization of marriage” and the private sphere under late capitalism has opened up the space for romance and love in marriage, and yet it has also produced new challenges in marriages through the “transformation of intimacy” within the course of marriage.

Keywords:   Japan, Masculinity, Sexuality, Managed Intimacies, Work and Leisure, Hostess Clubs

Hawaii Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.