The Too-Good Wife: Alcohol, Codependency, and the Politics of Nurturance in Postwar Japan (Ethnographic Studies in Subjectivity)

The Too-Good Wife: Alcohol, Codependency, and the Politics of Nurturance in Postwar Japan (Ethnographic Studies in Subjectivity)


Social consuming is an authorised element of operating existence in Japan, and girls are left to regulate their drunken husbands while the lads go back domestic, restoring them to sobriety for the following day of labor. In trying to do something about their husbands' alcoholism, the ladies face a profound cultural quandary: whilst does the nurturing habit anticipated of a great spouse and mom turn into a part of a trend of habit that's truly damaging? How does the get together of nurturance and dependency masks the exploitative features not only of relatives lifestyles but in addition of public lifestyles in Japan? The Too-Good spouse follows the stories of a bunch of middle-class girls in Tokyo who participated in a weekly aid assembly for households of substance abusers at a public mental-health medical institution. Amy Borovoy deftly analyzes the dilemmas of being lady in glossy Japan and the grace with which girls fight inside of a procedure that helps better halves and moms yet thwarts their makes an attempt to discover success outdoors the kinfolk. The imperative issues of the e-book succeed in past the matter of alcoholism to check the women's personal procedures of self-reflection and feedback and the deeper fissures and asymmetries that undergird eastern productiveness and social order.

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