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Allison, Anne: Permitted and Prohibited Desires. Mothers, Comics, and Censorship in Japan. 2. Aufl. Berkeley: Univ. of California Press, 2000. (251 S.) 
Resource type: Book
Languages: englisch
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 0520219902
BibTeX citation key: Allison1996
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Categories: General
Keywords: Althusser. Louis, Japan, Kulturpolitik, Lacan. Jacques, Manga, Pornographie, Psychoanalyse, Sexualität
Creators: Allison
Publisher: Univ. of California Press (Berkeley)
This provocative study of gender and sexuality in contemporary Japan investigates elements of Japanese popular culture including erotic comic books, stories of mother-son incest, lunchboxes—or obentos—that mothers ritualistically prepare for schoolchildren, and children's cartoons. Anne Allison brings recent feminist psychoanalytic and Marxist theory to bear on representations of sexuality, motherhood, and gender in these and other aspects of Japanese culture. Based on five years of fieldwork in a middle-class Tokyo neighborhood, this theoretically informed, accessible ethnographic study provides a provocative analysis of how sexuality, dominance, and desire are reproduced and enacted in late-capitalistic Japan.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments (xi)
Introduction (xiii)

1. Different Differences: Place and Sex in Anthropology, Feminism, and Cultural Studies (1)
Story 1 (1)
Story 2 (3)
Divides Between Theory and Ethnography (5)
Divides Between Gender and Sexuality (9)
Disciplinary and Theoretical Divides (15)
Toward the Bridging of Divides: Playing with the Phallus (19)

2. A Male Gaze in Japanese Children's Cartoons, or, Are Naked Female Bodies Always Sexual? (29)
Sights/Sites of Gender and Sex: Western Theories of the Male Gaze (34)
Machiko-sensei and the Male Gaze in Japanese Childrens Cartoons (40)

3. Cartooning Erotics: Japanese Ero Manga (51)
Manga: Comics of (not Only) Play (56)
Ero Manga: Texts (60)
Cutting the Other, Cutting Off the Self (68)
Conclusion (78)

4. Japanese Mothers and Obentos: The Lunch Box As Ideological State Apparatus (81)
Cultural Ritual and State Ideology (82)
Japanese Food as Cultural Myth (83)
School, State, and Subjectivity (87)
Nursery School and Ideological Appropriation of the Obento (88)
Mothering as Gendered Ideological State Apparatus (92)

5. Producing Mothers (105)
Kyoiku Mama: The Everyday Instiller of Everyday Education (106)
The Discipline of Summer Vacation (109)
Productive Mergences: Mother’s Love and School’s Discipline (112)
Women’s Experiences in Their Roles as Education Mothers (116)

6. Transgressions of the Everyday: Stories of Mother-Son Incest in Japanese Popular Culture
Evils of Incest (127)
Incestuous Pleasures (131)
Incest, Taboos, and Two Myths: Oedipus and Ajase (134)

Pubic Veilings and Public Surveillance: Obscenity Laws and Obscene Fantasies in Japan Notes References About the Book and Author Index

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