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The Mountain Is Moving
Japanese Women's Lives
Patricia Morley  

$47.00 Hardcover
Release Date: 1/15/1999
ISBN: 9780774806756    

240 Pages

World rights except UK, Europe, and United States


About the Book

The Mountain Is Moving describes postwar Japanese society and the roles that women are expected to play within it. Based on interviews with hundreds of women, the book examines the education of women, marriage and child rearing, work outside the house, caring for the elderly, political power or lack of it, and volunteerism. Morley also examines a diverse and compelling range of stories and novels by and about Japanese women, revealing both patterns and exceptions.

Morley asserts that the legendary Japanese system of white-collar labour can only be maintained by the efforts of women who remain at home to care for family. In recent years, however, increasing numbers of Japanese women have begun to seek change and empowerment beyond the domestic sphere.

About the Author(s)

Patricia Morley is a prolific writer and the recipient of many awards, including the 1987 Ottawa Citizen Award for Non-Fiction. She is Professor Emerita at Concordia University and founding member and Lifetime Honorary Fellow at the Simone de Beauvoir Institute, Montreal. Since 1961 she has made frequent trips to Japan where she has many friends and continues to find the country and its culture fascinating.

Table of Contents


1. Is the Mountain Moving?
2. Back to the Future: The Waiting Years
3. Culture: The Master Key
4. Housewives: The Smile of a Mountain Witch
5. Education in a One-Chance Society
6. Facing Two Ways: Women in the Workplace
7. The Twilight Years: Caring for the Elderly
8. Sexual Politics
9. Our Little Noah's Ark Planet: Empowerment through Working Together
10. Firewords: Empowerment through Writing
11. Becoming the Flag: The Twenty-first Century Is Woman's Time



A book of extraordinary scope.... With meticulous detail and clarity, Morley sheds light on the evolution of [the Japanese woman's] role.

- Woman Newsmagazine, Summer 1999

accessible academic study. ... comprehensive research

- Publishers Weekly, Sept. 1999

Morley's earnest and intelligent effort to understand Japanese society, her clear prose, and her conscientious survey of many aspects of women's lives make The Mountain Is Moving a very worthwhile introduction to its subject.

- Susan Fisher, Canadian Literature

Sample Chapter

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Related Topics

Asian Studies
Women's Studies

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