Vicarious language : gender and linguistic modernity in Japan

Miyako Inoue

This highly original study provides an entirely new critical perspective on the central importance of ideas about language in the reproduction of gender, class, and race divisions in modern Japan. Focusing on a phenomenon commonly called "women's language," in modern Japanese society, Miyako Inoue considers the history and social effects of this language form. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork in a contemporary Tokyo corporation to study the everyday linguistic experience of white-collar females office workers and on historical research from the late nineteenth century to 1930, she calls into question the claim that "women's language" is a Japanese cultural tradition of ancient origin and offers a critical geneaology showing the extent to which this language form is, in fact, a cultural construct linked with Japan's national and capitalist modernity. Her theoretically sophisticated, empirically grounded, interdisciplinary work brilliantly illuminates the relationship between culture and language, the nature of power and subject formation in modernity, and how the complex nexus of gender, language, and political economy are experienced in everyday life.

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  • List of Illustrations and Tables Acknowledgments Note on Japanese Names and the Romanization of Japanese Language Introduction: Women's Language and Capitalist Modernity in Japan part one: language, gender, and national modernity: the genealogy of japanese women's language, 1880s--1930s 1. An Echo of National Modernity: Overhearing "Schoolgirl Speech" 2. Linguistic Modernity and the Emergence of Women's Language 3. From Schoolgirl Speech to Women's Language: Consuming Indexicality in Women's Magazines, 1890--1930 part two: the nation's temporality and the death of women's language 4. Capitalist Modernity, the Responsibilized Speaking Body, and the Public Mourning of the Death of Women's Language part three: re-citing women's language in late modern japan Introduction 5. "Just Stay in the Middle": The Story of a Woman Manager 6. Defamiliarizing Japanese Women's Language: Strategies and Tactics of Female Office Workers Afterword: This Vicarious "Japanese Women's Language" Bibliography Index

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書名 Vicarious language : gender and linguistic modernity in Japan
著作者等 Inoue Miyako
シリーズ名 A Philip E. Lilienthal book
Asia : local studies/global themes
出版元 University of California Press
刊行年月 c2006
ページ数 xvii, 323 p.
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 0520245857
NCID BA7726142X
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言語 英語
出版国 アメリカ合衆国