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The Resource Marketing the menacing fetus in Japan, Helen Hardacre

Marketing the menacing fetus in Japan, Helen Hardacre

Label
Marketing the menacing fetus in Japan
Title
Marketing the menacing fetus in Japan
Statement of responsibility
Helen Hardacre
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Abortion has been practiced throughout Japanese history and, since its postwar legalization, has come to be widely accepted. Its legal status is not under attack. Contemporary religious groups do not mobilize against it, nor do political parties compose their platforms around the issue. Yet in the 1970s religious entrepreneurs across all doctrinal boundaries mounted a surprisingly successful tabloid campaign to popularize a religious ritual for aborted fetuses called mizuko kuyo. Using images derived from fetal photography, they published frightening accounts of fetal wrath and spiritual attacks, prompting many women to seek ritual atonement for abortions performed even decades earlier." "The first feminist study of mizuko kuyo, this book analyzes the ritual and the conflict surrounding it from a variety of perspectives. In four field studies in different parts of the country, Helen Hardacre observed contemporary examples of mizuko kuyo as practiced in Buddhism, Shinto, and the new religions. She also analyzed historical texts and personal accounts by women who have experienced abortion and by their male partners. She conducted interviews with contemporary practitioners of mizuko kuyo and extensive observations of ritual practice. She reveals how a commercialized ritual form like mizuko kuyo can be marketed through popular culture and manipulated by the same forces at work in the selling of any commodity. Her conclusions reflect upon the deep current of misogyny and sexism running through these rites and through feto-centric discourse."--Jacket
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Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1949-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Hardacre, Helen
Dewey number
291.3/8/0952
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
BQ5030.F47
LC item number
H37 1997
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Twentieth-century Japan
Series volume
7
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Fetal propitiatory rites
  • Fetal propitiatory rites
  • Abortion
  • Abortion
Label
Marketing the menacing fetus in Japan, Helen Hardacre
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"A Philip E. Lilienthal book."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 285-293) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
35042382
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxii, 310 pages
Isbn
9780520205536
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
96028732
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
Label
Marketing the menacing fetus in Japan, Helen Hardacre
Publication
Note
"A Philip E. Lilienthal book."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 285-293) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
35042382
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxii, 310 pages
Isbn
9780520205536
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
96028732
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps

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