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|Title:||Tanizaki Junichiro’s Futen Rojin Nikki: Medicalization of Aging Body in the early 1960s Japanese Family;
|Abstract:||This paper examines the relationship among medicine, family, and elderly in the postwar Japan by looking at Tanizaki Junichiro’s Futen Rojin Nikki (Diary of an Old Mad Man, 1961). Futen Rojin Nikki tells an old man’s experiences of receiving nursing care rather than filial care when living in a stem family. Western medicine was embedded in his everyday life through nursing care. This paper aims to answer why an old man’s body was medicalized in the early 1960s Japanese family. I argue that medicalization of aging body provided a solution for the confrontation between the elderly’s expectation of filial care and the young generation’s transformation in the postwar Japan. The confrontation was against the disparity between the revised Civil Code and its enforcement. On the one hand, the elderly’s expectation was from their insisting on the ie household system and first-son inheritance. On the other hand, along with the tide of industrialization and Westernization in the postwar Japan, the young generation put achieving individual happiness in the first place rather than obeying a traditional family system.|
|Genre:||Conference Paper / Presentation|
|Date Available in IDEALS:||2019-02-12|
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Osaka City University-University of Illinois Exchange Symposium: Focus on Japanese Literature
Contains conference materials from the OCU-UI Symposium 2018, held at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on March 6, 2018.