Selling Women: Prostitution, Markets, and the Household in by Amy Stanley

By Amy Stanley

This booklet lines the social historical past of early sleek Japan's intercourse alternate, from its beginnings in seventeenth-century towns to its apotheosis within the nineteenth-century geographical region. Drawing on felony codes, diaries, city registers, petitions, and felony documents, it describes how the paintings of "selling girls" remodeled groups around the archipelago. through targeting the social implications of prostitutes' financial habit, this research deals a brand new realizing of ways and why girls who paintings within the intercourse exchange are marginalized. It additionally demonstrates how the patriarchal order of the early glossy country used to be undermined by means of the emergence of the industry financial system, which replaced the locations of ladies of their families and the area at huge.

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17 adulterous prostitutes, pawned wives, and purchased women . 27 Once their supremacy was established, however tenuously, warriors sought to discover the productive capacity of their conquered lands. ”18 Innai was not a rice-­producing area, so cadastral surveys were fairly unimportant, but the daimyo¯ Yoshinobu pursued other types of information about the mining town. He needed to measure the kan of silver produced from the mine, tally the tax revenue produced by various levies on the townspeople, and count the population.

He cemented his place as one of the lord’s closest advisers by assassinating a treasonous domain elder (karo¯ ), and eventually he distinguished himself as an able administrator with a certain amount of technical expertise in the area of mining. 19 Masakage lived up to his lord’s expectations. Realizing that Innai’s primary function was to provide income for the domain, he dedicated himself to ensuring that the business of silver mining functioned smoothly. His style of administration reflected this priority: he wielded violence to punish thieves and extort tax payments, but he did not bother to issue many ordinances about where the townspeople could live and what they could wear.

Through conquest as well as legislation, he worked to implement his ­vision of a realm that did not yet exist: a federation of peaceful domains in which warrior magistrates would administer a docile and productive population from their headquarters in castle towns. He forced samurai to abandon the countryside and compelled peasants to relinquish their weapons. 6 Hideyoshi died before his vision could be fully realized. But his successors, the Tokugawa shoguns, presided over an initially tenuous and ultimately lasting peace, which gave them the opportunity to extend his project of creating order out of wartime chaos.

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