ANTH 2230 Lecture Notes - Edo Period, Meiji Period, Masculinity

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Course
November 15th 2011 Lecture
Gender (II) Minorities (I)
Types of Marriage
-arranged marriage
-go-betweens
-the tie between families
-"love" marriages
-after 1960's love marriages became more common
Divorce
-long-term trends
-during the Edo period divorce rates were very high
-became harder to be divorced so rates declined
-divorce: during the Meiji Period
-the impact of the Meiji civil code
-harder to divorce
-divorce in postwar Japan
-low divorce rates
-love was not considered to be as important, affection was supposed to develop
after marriage
Divorce: Recent Trends (the 1990's-)
-rising divorce rates in all age groups
-rising rapidly among younger people
-divorce at Narita (Airport)
-common for women to be abroad
-sense of disillusion wife feels he is not as reliable in travel
-divorce among older couples
-the impact o the Japanese employment system on marital relations
Divorce Rates (hand out pic)
-# of divorces divided by the nation's population (including babies, singles and
widows/widowers) x 1000
-examples: 2.1 persons per 1000 persons
Masculinities
-ideology in postwar Japan
-men as salaried men/breadwinners
-alternative masculinities
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During the edo period divorce rates were very high. Became harder to be divorced so rates declined. Love was not considered to be as important, affection was supposed to develop after marriage. Sense of disillusion wife feels he is not as reliable in travel. The impact o the japanese employment system on marital relations. # of divorces divided by the nation"s population (including babies, singles and widows/widowers) x 1000. Images of boys and girls in japanese magazines. Some known to be more beautiful then actual women. Homosexuality relations not uncommon among warriors and priests before the. E. g. eldest son is gay so he does not want to marry, this is a problem. Does not exist in japan but there is a form of adaptation. Okama in the media (singers, actors & film critics. Some koreans speak japanese fluently so sometimes it is hard to tell them from japanese people.

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