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Reviews of "Divorce in Japan: Family, Gender and the State"

List of Reviews in English, German, Japanese, and French

  1. 2004 The Law and Politics Book Review 14, no.10 (October): 776-779 (Leonard Schoppa),
  2. 2004 Historische Literatur 2, no. 4 (October – December): 415-417 Sebastian Conrad,
  3. 2004 Monumenta Nipponica 59, no.4 (Winter): 547-49. Gail Lee Bernstein,
  4. 2004 Canadian Journal of Sociology Online (November): 1-2 Karen Kobayashi,
  5. 2004 American Historical Review 109, no.5 (December): 1549-1550 Elise K. Tipton,
  6. 2004 Asian Studies Review 28, no.4, (December): 439-441 Merry White,
  7. 2005 Rekishi Hyôron (Review of History), 660 (April): 23-36. "Gendai no amerikajin ga miru Nihon no kindai joseishi (Contemporary American Views of Modern Japanese Women's History)," Anne Walthall,
  8. 2005 Colloquy. Alumni Quarterly of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Harvard University (Spring): 14.
  9. 2005 Japan Times 29 May Jeff Kingston,
  10. 2005 Pacific Affairs 78, no.1: 140-141. Aya Ezawa
  11. 2005 Journal of Social History 38, no. 4 (Summer): 1136-1138. Anne Walthall,
  12. 2005 American Journal of Sociology 111, no.1 (July): 333-335. James M. Raymo,
  13. 2005 Law and Social Inquiry 30, no.4 (Fall): 861.
  14. 2005 Social Forces 84, no.1 (September): 613-614. Yean-Ju Lee,
  15. 2005 Japan Forum 17, no.3 (November): 432-435. Sean Curtin,
  16. 2005 Histoire sociale – Social History 38, no. 76 (novembre-November): 511-513. Millie Creighton,
  17. 2005 Nachrichten der Gesellschaft für Natur- und Völkerkunde Ostasiens (News of the East Asia Society) no. 177-78 (December): 287-291. Margaret Neuss-Kaneko,
  18. 2005 Japanstudien 17: 285-291. Andrea Germer,
  19. 2006 Contemporary Sociology 35, no.1 (January): 28-30. Merry I. White,
  20. 2006 Journal of Japanese Studies 32, no. 1 (Winter): 212-215. Anne E. Imamura,
  21. 2006 NWSA Journal (Journal of the National Women's Studies Association) 18, no. 2 (Summer): pp. 244-48. Kaye Broadbent,
  22. 2006 Canadian Journal of History/Annales canadiennes d'histoire XLI (Autumn/automne): 419-421. Leslie Winston,
  23. 2006 Japan Studies Review 10: 129-132. Bernice J. deGannes Scott,
  24. 2006 Ebisu no. 36 (automne-hiver 2006).(Jean-Pascale Bassino),
  25. 2007 Zeitschrift für japanisches Recht/Journal for Japanese Law 24 (Winter)

Citations from Reviews in English

"Harald Fuess has to be congratulated for producing the most comprehensive English-language social history of Japanese divorce to date, making a significant contribution not only to Japanese studies but also to the field of family studies. His masterful use of such a wide and diverse range of material, as well as a commendable array of research techniques and skills, places this impressive work in a class of its own."
        Sean Curtin, Japan Forum

"In this deceptively slim volume, Harald Fuess takes on a monumental task... . This book … will be with us for some time. It is a rich resource that will provide the starting point for much new research and will be widely cited by anyone writing on divorce and marriage in Japan. It will also be a book to come back to again and again to incorporate a segment or an insight into a lecture or to remind oneself of the array of perspectives and data that must be brought together to adequately analyze any phenomenon."
        Anne E. Imamura, Journal of Japanese Studies

"The first book in the topic to appear in English. Tapping a rich vein of primary source materials in his survey of four centuries of divorce patterns, customs, and laws, Harald Fuess shows how divorce in Japan has deviated from the West European and American experience and continues to confound conventional wisdom. High frequency of divorce, for example, is not a uniquely modern, Western phenomenon, and divorce does not automatically increase in the course of industrialization and urbanization."
         Gail Lee Bernstein, Monumenta Nipponica

"This book is a must-read for social scientists with research interests in the areas of gender, marriage and the family, and demography. Its inclusion of discussions on sociological issues ranging from cultural change to gender, class and status inequality certainly make it an excellent supplemental read for graduate courses on social inequality, social institutions, and social processes."
        Karen Kobayashi, Canadian Journal of Sociology Online

"Divorce in Japan is an invaluable contribution to scholarship on Japan, not just for what it reveals about divorce, marriage, and family, but for the comprehensive use of materials and its theoretical underpinnings. Fuess is to be commended for his meticulous methods of interpretation and his expression of compelling findings in a clear, unequivocal prose style."
        Leslie Winston, Canadian Journal of History

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