Publications

2007
Gordon, Andrew. “Consumption, Leisure and the Middle Class in Transwar Japan.” Social Science Japan Journal 10, no. 1 (2007): 1-21. Full Article URLAbstract
The rise of a mass consumer society and the spread of commercialized leisure are aspects of global modernity in the 20th century. In Japan, these phenomena emerged to prominence in the transwar decades from the 1920s through the 1960s. This essay argues that the ascendance of middle-class lifeways, consumption and leisure prominent among them, took place through a process that involved the transposing of difference as much as the diffusing of sameness. It identifies a causal dynamic in ‘transwar’ history, which extends the concept beyond political economy and beyond the simple claim that continuities stretch across the purported break of World War II.
日本人が知らない松坂メジャー革命
Gordon, Andrew. 日本人が知らない松坂メジャー革命. Tokyo: Asahi Shinsho, 2007. Publisher's Website
2006
From Sewing Machines to Credit Cards: Consumer Credit in 20th Century Japan
Gordon, Andrew. “From Sewing Machines to Credit Cards: Consumer Credit in 20th Century Japan.” In The Ambivalent Consumer: Questioning Consumption in East Asia and the West, edited by Sheldon Garon and Patricia L. Maclachlan. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2006. Publisher's Website
消費、生活、娯楽の「貫戦史」(A “Transwar” History of Consumption, Daily Life, and Leisure)
Gordon, Andrew. “消費、生活、娯楽の「貫戦史」(A “Transwar” History of Consumption, Daily Life, and Leisure).” In 日常生活の中の総力戦 (Total War in the Midst of Daily Life), edited by Aiko Kurasawa, Tooru Sugihara, Ryuichi Narita, Tessa Morris-Suzuki, Daizaburo Yui, and Yutaka Yoshida. Tokyo: Iwanami Shoten, 2006.
2002
A Modern History of Japan: From Tokugawa Times to the Present
Gordon, Andrew. A Modern History of Japan: From Tokugawa Times to the Present. 1st ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.
The Short Happy Life of the Japanese Middle Class
Gordon, Andrew. “The Short Happy Life of the Japanese Middle Class.” In Social Contracts Under Stress: The Middle Classes of America, Europe, and Japan at the Turn of the Century, edited by Olivier Zunz, Leonard Schoppa, and Nobuhiro Hiwatari. New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 2002. Publisher's Website
2000
Historical Perspectives on Contemporary East Asia
Gordon, Andrew, and Merle Goldman, ed. Historical Perspectives on Contemporary East Asia. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2000. Publisher's Website
1998
The Wages of Affluence: Labor and Management in Postwar Japan
Gordon, Andrew. The Wages of Affluence: Labor and Management in Postwar Japan. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1998. Publisher's Website
1997
Gordon, Andrew. “Managing the Japanese Household: The New Life Movement in Postwar Japan.” Social Politics 4, no. 2 (1997): 245-283. Publisher's VersionAbstract
The New Life Movement in postwar Japan was a set of loosely connected initiatives of government offices, women's groups, and corporations. Aimed entirely at women, the movement addressed a range of concerns, from morality and democratic social relations to kitchen redesign and public hygiene, but gender issues such as sex roles, reproduction and the definition of the “housewife” were central. This paper looks at all these activities, it examines in particular the efforts of dozens of major corporations to set up outreach programs to train the wives of male employees in skills of household management and child rearing. The New Life Movement was part of two crucial social and cultural processes in postwar history. It powerfully reinforced the idea that the needs of the corporation “naturally” were congruent with the needs of all Japanese people. And it naturalized a model of gender relations in which women of all social strata managed the home, while men managed the work place. This paper concludes by comparing these processes in Japan to similar ones in Europe and America.
The Ashio Riot of 1907 : A Social History of Mining in Japan
Kazuo, Nimura. The Ashio Riot of 1907 : A Social History of Mining in Japan. Edited by Andrew Gordon. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1997. Publisher's Website
1996
Conditions for the Disappearance of the Japanese Working-Class Movement
Gordon, Andrew. “Conditions for the Disappearance of the Japanese Working-Class Movement.” In Putting Class in Its Place: Worker Identities in East Asia, edited by Elizabeth J. Perry. Berkeley, CA: Institute of East Asian Studies, 1996. Publisher's Website
Portraits of the Japanese Workplace: Labor Movements, Workers, and Managers
Kumazawa, Makoto. Portraits of the Japanese Workplace: Labor Movements, Workers, and Managers. Edited by Andrew Gordon. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1996. Publisher's Website
1993
Contests for the Workplace
Gordon, Andrew. “Contests for the Workplace.” In Postwar Japan as History, edited by Andrew Gordon. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1993. Publisher's Version
Postwar Japan as History
Gordon, Andrew, ed. Postwar Japan as History. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1993. Publisher's Website
1991
Labor and Imperial Democracy in Prewar Japan
Gordon, Andrew. Labor and Imperial Democracy in Prewar Japan. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1991. Publisher's Website
1989
Araki Toichiro and the Shaping of Labor Management
Gordon, Andrew. “Araki Toichiro and the Shaping of Labor Management.” In Japanese Management in Historical Perspective, edited by Tsunehiko Yui and Keiichiro Nakagawa. Tokyo: University of Tokyo Press, 1989. Publisher's Website
The Business Lobby and Bureaucrats in Labor, 1911-1945
Gordon, Andrew. “The Business Lobby and Bureaucrats in Labor, 1911-1945.” In Managing Industrial Enterprise: Cases from Japan’s Prewar Experience, edited by William Wray. Cambridge, MA: Council on East Asian Studies, Harvard University Press, 1989.
1988
Gordon, Andrew. “The Crowd and Politics in Tokyo, 1905-1918.” Past and Present 121 (1988): 141-170. Full Article URL

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