Marriage Migrants of Japanese Women in Australia

Remoulding Gendered Selves in Suburban Community

Authors: Hamano, Takeshi

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  • Provides a new, trans-national sociological perspective on international migration in the Asia-Pacific region
  • Shares revealing insights on contemporary Japanese women’s cross-border marriages
  • Raises critical questions about the theory of “lifestyle migration”
  • Reveals the experiences of “invisible” minorities living in ethnic communities as a consequence of cross-border marriage
  • Offers new insights into fieldwork from the perspective of gender differences between researcher and respondent
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This book investigates the experience of Japanese women who have immigrated to Australia through marriage to a local partner. Based on long-term participant observations gathered with a Japanese ethnic association in Sydney, and on in-depth interviews with the association’s members, it examines the ways in which the women remould themselves in Australia by constructing gendered selves that reflect their unique migratory circumstances through cross-border marriage.

In turn, the book argues that the women tend to embrace expressions of Japanese femininity that they once viewed negatively, and that this is due to their lack of social skills and access to the cultural capital of mainstream Australian society. Re-molding the self through conventional Japanese notions of gender ironically provides them with a convincing identity: that of minority migrant women. Nevertheless, by analyzing these women’s engagement with a Japanese ethnic association in a suburb of Sydney, the book also reveals a nuanced sense of ambivalence; a tension between the women’s Japanese community and their lives in Australia.

Accordingly, the book provides a fresh perspective on interdisciplinary issues of gender and migration in a globalized world, and engages with a wide range of academic disciplines including: sociology of migration; sociology of culture; cultural anthropology; cultural studies; Japanese studies; Asian studies; gender studies; family studies; migration studies and qualitative methodologies.

About the authors

Dr Takeshi Hamano is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Kitakyushu, Japan. Since receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Western Sydney, he has worked as a Research Fellow at the Global Center of Excellence for Reconstruction of the Intimate and Public Sphere in 21st Century Asia, Kyoto University and as a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Japanese Studies of the University of Michigan. A specialist in Sociology and Cultural Studies, Dr Hamano’s research focuses on the transforming perception of the family in Japan, specifically issues concerning marriage (including cross-border marriage), divorce and parenting in the process of globalization.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Marriage Migrants of Japanese Women in Australia
Book Subtitle
Remoulding Gendered Selves in Suburban Community
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
eBook ISBN
978-981-13-7848-5
DOI
10.1007/978-981-13-7848-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-13-7847-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 179
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
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