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List of Illustrations Foreword, Matthew H. Sommer Acknowledgments A Note on Currency and Prices Introduction Part One: Regulation and the Logic of the Household 1. Adulterous Prostitutes, Pawned Wives, and Purchased Women: Female Bodies as Currency 2. Creating "Prostitutes": Benevolence, Profit, and the Construction of a Gendered Order 3. Negotiating the Gendered Order: Prostitutes as Daughters, Wives, and Mothers Part Two: Expansion and the Logic of the Market 4. From Household to Market: Child Sellers, "Widows," and Other Shameless People 5. Glittering Hair Ornaments and Barren Fields: Prostitution and the Crisis of the Countryside 6. Tora and the "Rules of the Pleasure Quarter" Conclusion Notes Bibliography Index

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Amy Stanley is Assistant Professor of History at Northwestern University.


"An important book... Illuminates governance and economic change in early modern Japan... Highly recommended." -- S. A. Hastings, Purdue University Choice "Vivid and engaging... A compelling and meticulously researched piece on the evolving place of prostitutes in Early Modern Japanese culture." -- Sam Bieler, Urban Institute Criminal Law & Crim Justice Bks / Criminal Justice Abstracts "Fascinating and often tragic... Stanley's writing style is both exact and fresh... This book satisfies more than the academic." -- Kris Kosaka, Hokkaido International School Japan Times "An exceptionally sophisticated and extensive study ... A careful and nuanced retelling ... lively, insightful, and unique." -- David Eason Monumenta Nipponica

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