Amy Borovoy is an Associate Professor of East Asian Studies. She teaches courses on modern Japanese society and culture, gender, medicine and bioethical issues, and history of anthropological theory. She is interested in Japan’s postwar social contract and the trade-offs entailed in emphasizing equality and social cohesion. Her recent book, The Too-Good Wife: Alcohol, Codependence, and the Politics of Nurturance in Postwar Japan (University of California 2005), explores the problem of male alcoholism and the role of the housewife and domesticity in public life. She has also written on the fissures emerging in post-bubble Japan, including, “What Color is Your Parachute? The Post-Pedigree Society” (forthcoming in Social Class in Japan, Hiroshi Ishida and David Slater, editors) and “The Rise of Eating Disorders in Japan: Issues of Culture and Limitations of the Model of ‘Westernization,’” co-authored with Kathleen Pike, in Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry 28(4), 2005. Her current project explores the role of Japan studies in anthropology and American social thought as a “laboratory” for imagining alternatives to liberalism and individualism.
1. The Too-Good Wife: Alcohol, Codependency, and the Politics of Nurturance in Postwar Japan