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Women and the economic miracle : gender and work in postwar Japan

Author: Mary C Brinton
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©1993.
Series: California series on social choice and political economy, 21.
Edition/Format:   eBook : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"When lives are dominated by hunger, what becomes of love? When people are assaulted by daily acts of violence and untimely death, what happens to trust? Set in the celebrated parched lands of Northeast Brazil, Death Without Weeping is a luminously written, "womanly hearted" account of the everyday experience of scarcity, sickness, and death that centers on the lives of the women and children of a hillside favela.  Read more...
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Brinton, Mary C.
Women and the economic miracle.
Berkeley : University of California Press, ©1993
(OCoLC)809477893
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mary C Brinton
ISBN: 0520075366 9780520075368 0520075633 9780520075634 0520089200 9780520089204
OCLC Number: 24319194
Description: xvii, 299 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Prologue: Sugar House --
Introduction: Tropical Sadness --
Ch. 1. O Nordeste: Sweetness and Death --
Ch. 2. Bom Jesus: One Hundred Years Without Water --
Ch. 3. Reciprocity and Dependency: The Double Ethic of Bom Jesus --
Ch. 4. Delirio de Fome: The Madness of Hunger --
Ch. 5. Nervoso: Medicine, Sickness, and Human Needs --
Ch. 6. Everyday Violence: Bodies, Death, and Silence --
Ch. 7. Two Feet Under and a Cardboard Coffin: The Social Production of Indifference to Child Death --
Ch. 8. (M)Other Love: Culture, Scarcity, and Maternal Thinking --
Ch. 9. Our Lady of Sorrows: A Political Economy of the Emotions --
Ch. 10. A Knack for Life:. The Everyday Tactics of Survival --
Ch. 11. Carnaval: The Dance Against Death --
Ch. 12. De Profundis: Out of the Depths --
Epilogue: Acknowledgments and Then Some.
Series Title: California series on social choice and political economy, 21.
Responsibility: Mary C. Brinton.

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Explores the relegation of women to low-paying, dead-end jobs in the Japanese economy. This book provides an examination of the role of gender in Japan's postwar economic growth. It situates the  Read more...

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"Brinton's important study of contemporary labor markets and sex discrimination heralds the new use of comparative data on working women."--Lynn Thiesmeyer, "Asahi Evening News

 
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