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Harvard East Asian Monographs 223

House and Home in Modern Japan

Architecture, Domestic Space, and Bourgeois Culture, 1880-1930

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$35.00 • £28.95 • €31.50

ISBN 9780674019669

Publication Date: 09/06/2005


482 pages

110 halftones, 40 line drawings

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Modernization happened in Japan quickly and vividly; but, interfaced with Westernization and the rising consciousness of national identity, it also redefined tradition and reappropriated it, and thus evolved an especially intricate history of domesticity, the central theme of this superb book… The book is staggeringly erudite but also refreshingly literate. Sand mastered a vast bibliography in Japanese and made full use of women’s magazines from the period, but his organization of the complex material into well-focused chapters is ingeniously clear. Essential for scholars on Japan but also highly recommended for all historians and sociologists interested in modernism, domesticity, urban culture, and architecture.—T.K. Kitao, Choice

In this elegantly written study, Jordan Sand traces the ‘public construction of a private sphere’ by ‘people who embraced and were served by the idea of middle-classness’ in Japan from the 1880s to the 1920s… The reader comes away impressed by the depth, scope, and carefully considered arguments of this book. House and Home is essential reading for scholars of Japan as well as for those interested in the multiple constructions of domesticity across the globe. Sand has given readers many rooms to explore and many ideas on which to dwell.—David R. Ambaras, Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies

In this compelling study of ‘house and home,’ which works from the basic premise that societies commonly project their values into space and architecture, Jordan Sand treats the Japanese house ‘as site and as artifact, and explores the spaces, commodities, and conceptions of community associated with it in the modern era’… Sand’s knowledge of the new ‘forms of everyday life’ that impacted people’s lives, together with his command of the subtle changes in Japan’s domestic material culture that these new designs engendered, lend his account credibility. Equally important, however, he craftily deploys over one hundred evocative illustrations that together enable us not merely to appreciate the impact the new designs, but literally to envision their significance.—Jeffrey E. Hanes, Journal of Japanese Studies

Awards & Accolades

  • 2005 John Whitney Hall Book Prize, Northeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies
  • 2005 Alice Davis Hitchcock Book Award, Society of Architectural Historians
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