Edited Volumes

Home and Family in Japan: Continuity and Transformation. Co-edited with Richard Ronald. Routledge Press. 2010.

In the Japanese language the word ‘ie’ denotes both the materiality of homes and family relations within. The traditional family and family house - often portrayed in ideal terms as key foundations of Japanese culture and society - have been subject to significant changes in recent years. This book comprehensively addresses various aspects of family life and dwelling spaces, exploring how homes, household patterns and kin relations are reacting to contemporary social, economic and urban transformations, and the degree to which traditional patterns of both houses and households are changing. The book contextualizes the shift from the hegemonic post-war image of standard family life, to the nuclear family and to a situation now where Japanese homes are more likely to include unmarried singles; childless couples; divorcees; unmarried adult children and elderly relatives either living alone or in nursing homes. It discusses how these new patterns are both reinforcing and challenging typical understandings of Japanese family life.


Articles and Chapters
2017. “Family.” In The Routledge Handbook of Civil Society in Asia, edited by Akihiro Ogawa. London: Routledge Press.

2016. Laboring Heroes, Security, and the Political Economy of Intimacy in Postwar Japan. In Beyond the Cubicle: Job Insecurity, Intimacy, and the Flexible Self. Allison Pugh, ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2011. “Intimate Dependence and Its Risks in Neoliberal Japan.” Anthropological Quarterly 84(4): 897-920. Part of a special issue devoted to “The Ethics of Disconnection in a Neoliberal Age” co-edited with Ilana Gershon.

2010. The Door My Wife Closed: Houses, Families, and Divorce in Japan. In Home and Family in Japan: Continuity and Transformation. Richard Ronald and Allison Alexy, eds. London: Routledge Press. 236-253.

2010. Introduction: Continuity and Change in Japanese Homes and Families. [co-written with Richard Ronald]. In Home and Family in Japan: Continuity and Transformation. Richard Ronald and Allison Alexy, eds. London: Routledge Press. 1-24.

2008. Deferred Benefits, Romance, and the Specter of Later-life Divorce. Contemporary Japan, vol. 19: 169-188.



Reviews and Other Publications
2014. Review of The Japanese Family in Transition: From the Professional Housewife Ideal to the Dilemmas of Choice by Suzanne Hall Vogel with Steven K. Vogel. 2013. Rowman and Littlefield. Social Science Japan Journal 17(2).

2014. Review of Precarious Japan by Anne Allison. 2013. Durham and London: Duke University Press. Anthropological Quarterly 87(2): 545-557.

2014. Review of Housewives of Japan: An Ethnography of Real Lives and Consumerized Domesticity by Ofra Goldstein-Gidoni. 2012. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. American Ethnologist 41(1): 198-199.

2013. Review of Fragile Kinships: Family Ideologies and Child Welfare in Japan. A dissertation by Kathryn Goldfarb. Dissertation Reviews. www.dissertationreviews.org

2012. Review of Lovesick Japan: Sex, Marriage, Romance, Law by Mark D. West. 2011. Ithaca: Cornell University Press. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 18(4): 914-915.

2011. Review of Manners and Mischief: Gender, Power, and Etiquette in Japan. Jan Bardsley and Laura Miller, eds. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press. Southeast Review of Asian Studies 33: 283-285.

2011. Review of Women and Family in Contemporary Japan by Susan Holloway. 2010. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Contemporary Sociology 40(3): 313-314.

2011. Review of Tough Choices: Bearing an Illegitimate Child in Japan by Ekaterina Hertog. 2010. Stanford: Stanford University Press. Contemporary Sociology 40(2): 188-189.

2010. Review of Embodying Culture: Pregnancy in Japan and Israel by Tsipy Ivry. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press. 2010. Ethos 38(4).

2007. Review of The Too-Good Wife: Alcohol, Codependency, and the Politics of Nurturance in Postwar Japan by Amy Borovoy. 2007. Southeast Review of Asian Studies, vol. 29: 261-264.

2004. Review of Doing Fieldwork in Japan edited by Theodore Bestor, Patricia Steinhoff and Victoria Lyon Bestor. 2004. H-Net Online.


Writing in Japanese / 日本語の発表
バツとして生きるーバツイチの理論に向けて [Living as an X: Toward a theory of the Batsu Ichi] Paper presented at the American Anthropological Association annual meeting. 2006. Translated into Japanese by Junichi Machida.