I am pleased to announce publication of Japan’s Private Spheres: Autonomy in Japanese History, 1600-1930 (Leiden: Brill, 2021), 364 pp. E-Book (PDF) ISBN: 978-90-04-45015-8. Hardback ISBN: 978-90-04-44754-7.
In this far-reaching, interdisciplinary book, I explore the historical development of the private and its evolving relationship with public authority, a dynamic that evokes stereotypes about an alleged dearth of individual agency in Japanese society. I do so through a montage of case studies. For the early modern era, case studies examine peripheral living spaces, boyhood, and self-interrogation in the arts. For the modern period, they explore strategic deviance, individuality in Meiji education, modern leisure, and body-maintenance. Analysis of these disparate private realms illuminates evolving conceptualizations of the private and its reciprocal yet often-contested relationship to the state.
Table of Contents
List of Tables and Figures
List of Keywords
Part I: Contextualizing the Private Sphere in Japanese History
Chapter 1 Introduction: The Private "Problem"
Chapter 2 Public and Private in Pre-Meiji Thought and Society
Chapter 3 The Private Self and the Meiji-Taisho State
Part II: The Autonomous Self in the Edo Period (1600-1868)
Chapter 4 Peripheries as Private Spheres
Chapter 5 Boyhood as an Autonomous Sphere
Chapter 6 “Publicizing” the Private: Self-interrogation and Self-indulgence in the Arts
Part III: Public and Private Selves in Meiji and Taisho (1868-1926)
Chapter 7 The Deviant in Meiji Society: Autonomy, Individuality, and Public Power
Chapter 8 The Private Individual in Early Meiji Education (1872-1890s)
Chapter 9 Education and Public Individuality (1890s-1927)
Part IV: The Nationalization of Private Leisure (1868-1930s)
Chapter 10 Vacationing and Moral Authority
Chapter 11 Nationalizing the Body: Physical Exercise as a Public Ethic
Chapter 12 Conclusion: Can Modern Japanese Private Spheres be Moral?
For further information: https://brill.com/view/title/59530.