Bicycle Citizens

Bicycle Citizens

Author: Robin M. LeBlanc

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520920619

Category: Social Science

Page: 263

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While the typical Japanese male politician glides through his district in air-conditioned taxis, the typical female voter trundles along the side streets on a simple bicycle. In this first ethnographic study of the politics of the average female citizen in Japan, Robin LeBlanc argues that this taxi-bicycle contrast reaches deeply into Japanese society. To study the relationship between gender and liberal democratic citizenship, LeBlanc conducted extensive ethnographic fieldwork in suburban Tokyo among housewives, volunteer groups, consumer cooperative movements, and the members of a committee to reelect a female Diet member who used her own housewife status as the key to victory. LeBlanc argues that contrary to popular perception, Japanese housewives are ultimately not without a political world. Full of new and stimulating material, engagingly written, and deft in its weaving of theoretical perspectives with field research, this study will not only open up new dialogues between gender theory and broader social science concerns but also provide a superb introduction to politics in Japan as a whole.
Bicycle Citizens
Language: en
Pages: 263
Authors: Robin M. LeBlanc
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 1999-03-05 - Publisher: Univ of California Press

While the typical Japanese male politician glides through his district in air-conditioned taxis, the typical female voter trundles along the side streets on a simple bicycle. In this first ethnographic study of the politics of the average female citizen in Japan, Robin LeBlanc argues that this taxi-bicycle contrast reaches deeply
Bicycle Citizens
Language: en
Pages: 243
Authors: Robin M. LeBlanc, Robin M.. LeBlanc
Categories: Political Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 1999 - Publisher: Univ of California Press

"A gem of a book. LeBlanc brings the women she studies to life, leading us down the side streets and back alleys of Tokyo suburbia, trundling along on a clunker bicycle, and exploring how homemakers get involved in the grassroots level of politics."--Glenda Roberts, author of Staying on the Line
Bicycle Citizens
Language: en
Pages: 243
Authors: Robin M. LeBlanc
Categories: Family & Relationships
Type: BOOK - Published: 1999-03-05 - Publisher: Univ of California Press

"A gem of a book. LeBlanc brings the women she studies to life, leading us down the side streets and back alleys of Tokyo suburbia, trundling along on a clunker bicycle, and exploring how homemakers get involved in the grassroots level of politics."—Glenda Roberts, author of Staying on the Line
Social Structures, Social Capital, and Personal Freedom
Language: en
Pages: 182
Authors: Peter Lawler
Categories: Political Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2000 - Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

The essays in this collection examine the relationship between institutional structures and community integration. Each chapter emphasizes the practical, realistic ways that social institutions create and sustain social capital and protect personal freedom. The chapters examine neighborhoods, family, religion, voluntary organizations, education, government, the military, and the economy.
Making Japanese Citizens
Language: en
Pages: 356
Authors: Simon Andrew Avenell
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2010 - Publisher: Univ of California Press

Making Japanese Citizens is an expansive history of the activists, intellectuals, and movements that played a crucial role in shaping civil society and civic thought in postwar Japan. Weaving his analysis around the concept of shimin (citizen), Simon Andrew Avenell traces the development of a new vision of citizenship based