Transnational Domestic Masculinity: Japanese Men’s Home Cooking in Australia

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This chapter aims to bring a new perspective into existing work written on the shifting relationship between domesticities and masculinities, by locating men’s home cooking in a specific transnational context. Despite growing popular and academic interest in men’s involvement in home cooking, there is little research that investigates how transnational migrant men engage with the particular domestic domain. Using Japanese male migrants in Australia as a case study, this chapter examines the ways in which their engagement with home cooking reflects their changing relationships to home, work, and masculinity. Rather than depending on paid public work as a realm to perform and prove their sense of selves as “men,” my interviews suggest that the Japanese male migrants alternatively connect to unpaid domestic work such as home cooking as a practical and readily available platform for “doing” men.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Masculine Hearth
Subtitle of host publicationFood, Masculinities and Home
Editors Michelle Szabo, Shelley Koch
Place of PublicationLondon UK
PublisherBloomsbury Academic
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781474262330, 9781474262347
ISBN (Print)9781474262323
Publication statusPublished - 18 May 2017
Externally publishedYes

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