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Author Allison, Anne, 1950-

Title Nightwork : Sexuality, Pleasure, and Corporate Masculinity in a Tokyo Hostess Club
Published Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2009
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Description 1 online resource (228 pages)
Contents Acknowledgments; Prelude; Introduction; Part One. Ethnography of a Hostess Club; Chapter One. A Type of Place; Chapter Two. A Type of Routine; Chapter Three. A Type of Woman; Part Two. Mapping the Nightlife within Cultural Categories; Introduction; Chapter Four. Social Place and Identity; Chapter Five. The Meaning and Place of Work: The Sarariiman; Chapter Six. Family and Home; Chapter Seven. Structure of Japanese Play; Chapter Eight. Male Play with Money, Women, and Sex; Part Three. Male Rituals and Masculinity; Introduction; Chapter Nine. Male Bonding
Chapter Ten. The Mizu Shōbai Woman: Constructing Dirtiness and SexChapter Eleven. Impotence as a Sign and Symbol of the Sarariiman; References; Index
Summary In Nightwork, Anne Allison opens a window onto Japanese corporate culture and gender identities. Allison performed the ritualized tasks of a hostess in one of Tokyo's many ""hostess clubs"": pouring drinks, lighting cigarettes, and making flattering or titillating conversation with the businessmen who came there on company expense accounts. Her book critically examines how such establishments create bonds among white-collar men and forge a masculine identity that suits the needs of their corporations. Allison describes in detail a typical company outing to such a club-what t
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Subject Bars (Drinking establishments) -- Japan -- Tokyo.
Cocktail servers -- Japan -- Tokyo.
Corporate culture -- Japan -- Tokyo.
Entertaining -- Japan -- Tokyo.
Male friendship -- Japan -- Tokyo.
Tokyo (Japan) -- Social life and customs.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0226014886