Reforming Japan: The Woman's Christian Temperance Union in the Meiji Period by Elizabeth Dorn LublinReforming Japan: The Woman's Christian Temperance Union in the Meiji Period by Elizabeth Dorn Lublin

Reforming Japan: The Woman's Christian Temperance Union in the Meiji Period

byElizabeth Dorn Lublin

Paperback | January 1, 2011

Pricing and Purchase Info

$32.95

Earn 165 plum® points
Quantity:

Ships within 1-3 weeks

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores

about

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.

Elizabeth Dorn Lublin is an assistant professor of history at Wayne State University.
Loading
Title:Reforming Japan: The Woman's Christian Temperance Union in the Meiji PeriodFormat:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.67 inPublished:January 1, 2011Publisher:Ubc PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0774818174

ISBN - 13:9780774818179

Look for similar items by category:

Reviews

Table of Contents

Illustrations  

Acknowledgments  

Introduction  

Part 1: The WCTU in Meiji Japan: An OrganizationalHistory

1   The Founding of the WCTU in Japan:1886  

2   The Tumultuous Early Years of the Tokyo WCTU:1886-92  

3   The Organization and Development of the Japan WCTU:1892-1912  

Part 2: Under the Guise of National Strengthening and“Good” Citizenship: Pillars of the WCTU’s ReformProgram

4   The Fight against Prostitution  

5   The Struggle to Create a Sober Society  

6   Imperial Loyalty and Patriotic Service JapanWCTU-Style  

Epilogue  

Bibliography  

Index 

Editorial Reviews

In 1902 the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU)petitioned the Japanese government to stop rewarding good deeds withthe bestowal of sake cups. Alcohol production and consumption, itsmembers argued, harmed individuals, endangered public welfare, andwasted vital resources. This campaign was part of a wide-ranging reformprogram to eliminate prostitution, eradicate drinking, spreadChristianity, and improve the lives of women. As Elizabeth Dorn Lublinshows, members did not passively accept and propagate government policybut felt a duty to shape it by defining social problems and influencingopinion. Certain their beliefs and reforms were essential toJapan's advancement, members couched their calls for change in therhetorical language of national progress. Ultimately, the WCTU’sactivism belies received notions of women’s public involvementand political engagement in Meiji Japan.