Gitte Marianne Hansen and Fabio GygiNov 4, 2023
The Work of Gender
Service, Performance and Fantasy in Contemporary Japan
Nordic Institute of Asian Studies 2022
The Work of Gender: Service, Performance and Fantasy in Contemporary Japan (NIAS Press, 2022) is an edited volume of ethnographic research organized around a cluster of key themes such as affective labor and the commodified performance of gender in contemporary Japan. Refreshingly, the chapters consist exclusively of the work of early-career scholars, tied together with an introductory chapter and epilogue by the book’s editors, Gitte Marianne Hansen and Fabio Gygi. The authors are attentive to the spatial and temporal boundaries of gender performance, and the interactions between fantasy, play, performance, and identity in the marketplace of gendered service.
Nathan Hopson is an associate professor of Japanese language and history in the University of Bergen's Department of Foreign Languages.