Book Announcement: Women and Democracy in Cold War Japan

Women and DemocracyThe SOAS Japan Research Centre, in association with Bloomsbury, is pleased to announce the publication of the first book in its new SOAS Studies in Modern and Contemporary Japan series.

Jan Bardsley’s Women and Democracy in Cold War Japan reveals the diverse possibilities of postwar democracy found embedded in media stories directed toward Japanese women. Each chapter explores the contours of a single controversy, including debate over the royal wedding in 1959, the victory of Japan’s first Miss Universe, and the ways in which discourses on the 1950s Japanese housewife functioned as narratives of gender/class containment during the early Cold War.


Edited by Dr Christopher Gerteis, the SOAS Studies in Modern and Contemporary Japan series features high quality, peer-reviewed research on Japan and its history, politics and culture. Forthcoming books in the series include studies of Ethnicity and Empire; War and Popular Memory; New and Established Religions; Cinema, Television and Visual Culture; and Domestic Politics & International Affairs.

Forthcoming titles include:

Christianity and Imperialism in Modern Japan, Emily Anderson, October 2014
Contemporary Sino-Japanese Relations on Screen, Griseldis Kirsch, 2015
The China Problem in Postwar Japan, Robert Hoppens, 2015
Japanese Taiwan, edited by Andrew Morris, 2015
Media, Propaganda and Politics in 20th-Century Japan, translated by Barak Kushner 2015
Debating Otaku in Contemporary Japan, edited by Patrick W. Galbraith, Thiam Huat and Björn-Ole Kamm, 2015
Politics and Power in 20th-Century Japan, translated by Timothy S. George, 2015
The Self-Defense Forces and Civil Society in Postwar Japan, Tomoyuki Sasaki, 2015
Japan as a Maritime Power, translated by Paul Midford, 2015

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Paula lives in the vortex of academic life. She studies medieval Japanese history.
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