In 'Japanese Women and Sport', Robin Kietlinski sets out to problematize the hegemonic image of the delicate Japanese woman, highlighting an overlooked area in the history of modern Japan. Previous studies of gender in the Japanese context do not explore the history of female participation in sport, and recent academic studies of women and sport tend to focus on Western countries.
Kietlinski locates the discussion of Japanese women in sport within a larger East Asian context and considers the socio-economic position and history of modern Japan. Reaching from the early 20th century to the present day, Kietlinski traces the progression of Japanese women's participation in sport from the first female school for physical education and the foundations of competitive sport through to their growing presence in the Olympics and international sport.
Robin Kietlinski is Adjunct Assistant Professor of History at the City University of New York - Baruch College, and a visiting research scholar at Columbia University's Weatherhead East Asian Institute. She has also served as Visiting Assistant Professor of History at Fordham University in New York City. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.A. from the University of Chicago, all in East Asian Languages and Civilizations
Table of Contents: Chapter 1: Introduction: Why Women's Sport? Why Japan? Chapter 2: Japanese Sportswomen in Context Chapter 3: The Road to Participation in Competitive Sport Chapter 4: From Calisthenics to Competition: Early Participation in International Sport Chapter 5: From Antipathy to Applause: The Emergence of Female Powerhouses on the International Scene Chapter 6: Progress and Potential: Sportswomen From Tokyo to Today Chapter 7: "Affecting the Lives of All of Us": Analyzing Theoretical Issues of Japanese Women in Sport Afterword: What About Women's Baseball and Women's Sumo? Tables Bibliography