Visual representations and their effect on the position of women in Japanese society

Heath, Demi (2012) Visual representations and their effect on the position of women in Japanese society. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Looking at visual representations of Japanese women from the last 150 years, this thesis attempts to uncover whether representative female imagery has helped to enhance or attenuate the position of women in Japanese society by using feminist and anthropological arguments and visual analysis. The first part of the thesis looks at the history and feminism of Japan, beginning in the 1800’s to see how tradition and the countries past may still affect women today. The second part of the thesis looks at the roles of Geisha and hostesses within the country and how their representation may affect the wider female population. The third part of this thesis looks at the contemporary visual imagery of women within the country and how it affects women’s roles today. By drawing from these historical contexts, feminist standpoints, commercialisation in the modern age and proliferation of imagery the thesis argues that visual representations of women in Japanese society have not been whole enough and focus mainly of the sexualisation of their bodies, therefore attenuating many every day Japanese woman’s position in society.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Art and Design
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2012 15:15
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:10
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/9550

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