RT Conference Proceedings DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 191732369 LA English T1 Imagined families, lived families : culture and kinship in contemporary Japan A1 Hashimoto, Akiko,, Traphagan, John W., University of Pittsburgh., PB SUNY Press PP Albany, NY YR 2008 SN 0791475778 9780791475775 0791475786 9780791475782 AB "The Japanese family is at a crossroads of demographic change and altered cultural values. While the population of children has been shrinking and that of elders rising, attitudes about rights and responsibilities within the family have changed significantly. The realities of life in postmodern society have shaped both the imagined family of popular culture and the lived experience of Japanese family members. Imagined Families, Lived Families takes an interdisciplinary approach toward these dramatic changes by looking at the Japanese family from a variety of perspectives, including media studies, anthropology, sociology, literature, and popular culture. The contributors look at representations of family in manga and anime, outsider families and families that must contend with state prosecution of political activists, the stereotype of the absolute Japanese father, and old age and end-of-life decisions in a rapidly aging society with changing family configurations."--Jacket.