Mothers Against War: Gender, Motherhood, and Peace Activism in Cold War Japan

Hardback: $75.00
ISBN-13: 9780824898533
Published: February 2025
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280 pages
  • About the Book
  • About the Author(s)
    • Akiko Takenaka, Author

      Akiko Takenaka is associate professor of Japanese history at the University of Kentucky.
  • Reviews and Endorsements
    • Mothers Against War explores topic that has not yet received a sustained treatment in the English-language scholarship, that of the construction of a link between motherhood and pacifism in postwar Japan. Based on extensive archival research, Takenaka explores the formulation of bosei and boshi to tease out the complex transition from war-supporting maternalism to postwar pacifist maternalism. The book offers critical insight into Japan’s awkward transition from a military power to an uncertain and unequal postwar peace and is a major contribution to global comparative studies on the power and pitfalls of ‘motherhood’ as a social movement strategy.
      —Chelsea Szendi Scheider, Aoyama Gakuin University