Social drinking is an accepted aspect of working life in Japan, and
women are left to manage their drunken husbands when the men return
home, restoring them to sobriety for the next day of work. In
attempting to cope with their husbands' alcoholism, the women face
a profound cultural dilemma: when does the nurturing behavior
expected of a good wife and mother become part of a pattern of
behavior that is actually destructive? How does the celebration of
nurturance and dependency mask the exploitative aspects not just of
family life but also of public life in Japan? "The Too-Good Wife
"follows the experiences of a group of middle-class women in Tokyo
who participated in a weekly support meeting for families of
substance abusers at a public mental-health clinic. Amy Borovoy
deftly analyzes the dilemmas of being female in modern Japan and
the grace with which women struggle within a system that supports
wives and mothers but thwarts their attempts to find fulfillment
outside the family. The central concerns of the book reach beyond
the problem of alcoholism to examine the women's own processes of
self-reflection and criticism and the deeper fissures and
asymmetries that undergird Japanese productivity and social order.
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