Reforming Japan Paperback

The Woman's Christian Temperance Union in the Meiji Period

by Elizabeth Dorn Lublin;

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Reforming Japan

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In 1902 members of the Japanese Woman's Christian TemperanceUnion (WCTU) submitted a petition to the National Diet to abolish thecustom of rewarding good deeds and patriotic service with the bestowalof sake cups. Alcohol production and consumption, its members argued, harmed individuals, endangered public welfare, and wasted vitalresources. The sake cup petition was only one initiative in a wide-rangingprogram to reform public and private behaviour in Japan. Between 1886and 1912, the WCTU launched campaigns to eliminate prostitution, eradicate drinking and smoking, spread Christianity, and improve thelives of women. As Elizabeth Dorn Lublin shows, members did notpassively accept and propagate government policy but felt a duty toshape it by defining social problems and influencing opinion. Certaintheir beliefs and reforms were essential to Japan's advancement, members couched their calls for change in the rhetorical language ofnational progress. Ultimately, the WCTU's activism beliesreceived notions of women's public involvement and politicalengagement in Meiji Japan. This fascinating study of women bound by God, home, and country willappeal to students and scholars of Japanese History, religious studies, and gender studies.

Reforming Japan by Elizabeth Dorn Lublin was published by University of British Columbia Press in April 2011. The ISBN for Reforming Japan is 9780774818179.

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Details for Reforming Japan

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherUniversity of British Columbia Press (April 2011)
Number of Pages264
Thickness18 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4025645
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