Includes bibliographical references (p. 225-242) and index.
Adulterous prostitutes, pawned wives, and purchased women : female bodies as currency
Creating "prostitutes" : benevolence, profit, and the construction of a gendered order
Negotiating the gendered order : prostitutes as daughters, wives, and mothers
From household to market : child-sellers, "widows, " and other shameless people
Glittering hair ornaments and barren fields : prostitution and the crisis of the countryside
Tora and the "rules of the pleasure quarter"
This book traces the social history of early modern Japan's sex trade, from its beginnings in seventeenth-century cities to its apotheosis in the nineteenth-century countryside. Drawing on legal codes, diaries, town registers, petitions, and criminal records, it describes how the work of "selling women" transformed communities across the archipelago. By focusing on the social implications of prostitutes' economic behavior, this study offers a new understanding of how and why women who work in the sex trade are marginalized. It also demonstrates how the patriarchal order of the early modern state was undermined by the emergence of the market economy, which changed the places of women in their households and the realm at large. (source: Nielsen Book Data)