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5 thoughts on “Love in Modern Japan Its Estrangement from Self Sex and Society Anthropology of Asia

  1. says:

    This is such a great read There is so much to love about this book; I don't even know where to begin gushing about it For one I loved how Sonia Ryang discussed love not merely in terms of the usual agape eros philia storge and the likes; rather she has reconfigured love conceptually and historically in the Japanese context by seuestering the discussions into four categories of love Sacred Sex Sovereign Love in which love was used a political technology by the state Pure Love and Body and Soul Despite its title this book also tells us so much about the concept of love mostly about the tangle of love and sex romance and lust and mind and body and the different marriage and sexual practices in premodern Japan and how they have been reconfigured and if I may hybridized during the Meiji RestorationWesternizationModernization period We also see here how some of the practices have survived in the modern period but are not even mentioned in Western literatures as Ryang also mentioned One of the reasons is that Japan rendered some of their practices as taboo because they wanted to be seen as a civilized country that is eual with the Western countries There are so much in here And yep I'd recommend this to fellow Japan scholars


  2. says:

    There's a lot going on in here though it is primarily an application of Foucault's governmentality and biopower to sex and love in Japan as it has evolved historically Essentially she holds that the state via its post war sexual purity education eugenics programs comfort stations and war time exceptionalism employs love strategically biopower for economic and political ends Her emphasis on the state's influence in defining love and sex was new to me I sense that the relationship is weaker than she purports but conceiving of love as a political technology is a pretty sexy idea and applying it to Japan's history of love seems a good fit


  3. says:

    I'm not Japanese but I think this was a great starting point for research I was doing on the commodification culture of explicit sex sexual services and companionship in host club culture by going back to the time before host clubs became prominent to get an idea of the cultural climate and treatment of love and intimacy It was very informative


  4. says:

    Though the author's goal is to link love and political exploitation of it it ends up being much than that; it looks at love in Japan throughout the ages in a structured and positively engaging read


  5. says:

    I would happily recommend this to anyone interested in contemporary Japanese culture and society


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Summary  E-book, or Kindle E-pub ✓ Sonia Ryang

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Summary  E-book, or Kindle E-pub ✓ Sonia Ryang

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