Fabricating consumers : the sewing machine in modern Japan /

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Author / Creator:Gordon, Andrew, 1952- author.
Imprint:Berkeley, Cailf. : University of California Press, ©2012.
Description:1 online resource
Series:Asia: local studies/global themes ; no. 19
Asia--local studies/global themes ; 19.
Subject:Singer Sewing Machine Company -- History.
Singer Sewing Machine Company.
Singer Sewing Machine Company
Chōsen Kōgei Kenkyūkai
Sewing-machine industry -- Japan -- History -- 20th century.
Sewing machines -- Japan -- History -- 20th century.
Sewing-machine industry -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Clothing trade -- Japan -- History -- 20th century.
Consumers -- Japan -- History -- 20th century.
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS -- Corporate & Business History.
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS -- Infrastructure.
HISTORY -- Asia -- General.
Clothing trade.
Sewing-machine industry.
Sewing machines.
United States.
Electronic book.
Electronic books.
Electronic books -- History.
Electronic books.
Format: E-Resource Book
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/12397925
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Notes:Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Summary:Since its early days of mass production in the 1850s, the sewing machine has been intricately connected with the global development of capitalism. Andrew Gordon traces the machine's remarkable journey into and throughout Japan, where it not only transformed manners of dress, but also helped change patterns of daily life, class structure, and the role of women. As he explores the selling, buying, and use of the sewing machine in the early to mid-twentieth century, Gordon finds that its history is a lens through which we can examine the modern transformation of daily life in Japan. Both as a tool of production and as an object of consumer desire, the sewing machine is entwined with the emergence and ascendance of the middle class, of the female consumer, and of the professional home manager as defining elements of Japanese modernity.
Other form:Print version: Gordon, Andrew, 1952- Fabricating consumers. 1st ed. Berkeley, CA : University of California Press, ©2012 9780520267855
Standard no.:9786613520586