Visit our Christmas Gift Finder
Japan, Alcoholism, and Masculinity: Suffering Sobriety in Tokyo (Paperback)
  • Japan, Alcoholism, and Masculinity: Suffering Sobriety in Tokyo (Paperback)
zoom

Japan, Alcoholism, and Masculinity: Suffering Sobriety in Tokyo (Paperback)

(author)
£27.95
Paperback 182 Pages / Published: 25/05/2016
  • We can order this

Usually dispatched within 2 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket
Depictions of an alcohol-saturated Japan populated by intoxicated salarymen, beer dispensing vending machines, and a generally tolerant approach to public drunkenness, typify domestic and international perceptions of Japanese drinking. Even the popular definitions of Japanese masculinity are interwoven with accounts of personal alcohol consumption in public settings; gender norms that exclude and marginalize the alcoholic. And yet the alcoholic also exists in Japan, and exists in a manner revealing of the dominant processes by which alcoholism and addiction are globally influenced, understood, and classified. As such, this book examines the ways in which alcoholism is understood, accepted, and taken on as an influential and lived aspect of identity among Japanese men. At the most general level, it explores how a subjective idea comes to be regarded as an objective and unassailable fact. Here such a process concerns how the culturally and temporally specific treatment methodology of Alcoholics Anonymous, upon which much of Japan's other major sobriety association, Danshukai, is also based, has come to be the approach in Japan to diagnosing, treating, and structuring alcoholism as an aspect of individual identity. In particular, the gendered consequences, how this process transpires or is resisted by Japanese men, are considered, as they offer substantial insight into how categories of illness and disease are created, particularly the ramifications of dominant forms of such categorizations across increasingly porous cultural borders. Ramifications that become starkly obvious when Japan's persistent connection between notions of masculinity and alcohol consumption are considered from the perspective of the sober alcoholic and sobriety group member.

Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 9781498507660
Number of pages: 182
Weight: 277 g
Dimensions: 227 x 153 x 14 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
This is a good book. . . .This is a fascinating book to read, exploring a wholly new ethnographic area of research. For anyone wanting to know about alcohol and alcoholism in Japan, this book provides a very good place to begin. * Social Science Japan Journal *
This readable and thought-provoking study of alcoholism in Japan revolves around a fundamental dilemma confronting Japanese alcoholics in their attempts to achieve sobriety. * American Anthropologist *
The major contribution of the book is that it shows the complex interconnections of masculine sobriety group membership with the gendered, embodied, (homo)social, (cross-)cultural, and historical dimensions of alcohol consumption in contemporary Japan. Especially for readers unfamiliar with Japan, there is much to think (critically) about here. * The Journal of Japanese Studies *
Toasted salarymen weaving through nighttime streets and swaying drunkenly on the last train of the evening is a common enough sight in Japan. Christensen's study explores the cultural history surrounding alcohol consumption, as well as the awkward understandings and treatments for alcoholics. By tracing the way drinking is intertwined with notions of masculinity and male sociality, Christensen exposes the damaging struggles faced by men who want to dodge expectations that they imbibe with others. This is a superb book that addresses a gap in our knowledge about contemporary Japan. -- Laura Miller, University of Missouri, St. Louis
Drinking in Japan is a powerful cultural imperative and social lubricant, especially for being and becoming a man. Christensen looks beyond the camaraderie to show how easy it is to drink up and how challenging it is to dry out in contemporary Japan. He provides a sensitive and moving analysis of the social worlds of drinking, of those individuals who are led to excess, and of the sobriety organizations that provide pathways to living in recovery for those desperate enough and brave enough to confront their condition. His ethnography of alcoholism and alcohol abstention as daily experience, lived identity, and organized support is a thought-provoking contribution to Japan studies and a rare analysis of the cultural framing of substance abuse and recovery therapies. -- William W. Kelly, Yale University

You may also be interested in...

The Sober Diaries
Added to basket
£18.99
Hardback
Digital Minimalism
Added to basket
£14.99
Paperback
Mayhem
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
Robin
Added to basket
£18.99
Hardback
How to Survive a Plague
Added to basket
Somebody I Used to Know
Added to basket
£16.99   £14.99
Hardback
Drugs Without the Hot Air
Added to basket
Milk of Paradise
Added to basket
£25.00   £20.00
Hardback
Natural Causes
Added to basket
£16.99   £14.99
Hardback
Food Of The Gods
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
Pale Rider
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
The End of Loneliness
Added to basket
Irresistible
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
No Way Out
Added to basket
£7.99
Paperback
Dopesick
Added to basket
£20.00   £16.99
Hardback

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.