Nationalisms of Japan: Managing and Mystifying Identity

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Dezember 2003



BDIn this fresh and original analysis, Brian J. McVeigh argues persuasively that far from being unique, Japanese nationalism becomes demystified once 'management' and 'mysticism'--the same processes and practices that operate in other national states--are taken into account. Stripping away Orientalist-inspired misconceptions, the author stresses the variety and relative intensity of nationalisms, ranging from economic, ethnic, and educational to cultural, gendered, and religious. Highlighting the legacy of 'renovationism,' pluralism, and of identity among Japanese, this book will be an invaluable corrective to recent works that glibly proclaim the emergence of 'globalization,' 'internationalization,' and 'convergence.' Visit our website for sample chapter


Part 1 Purposes and Perspectives Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 The Ambiguity, Domains, and Degrees of Nationalism Chapter 4 Historical Background of Japan's Nationalisms Chapter 5 Renovationist Nationalism: The Self-Reinforcing Logic of Modernity and Japaneseness Chapter 6 Nationalizing the State and Statizing the Nation Part 7 State and Official Nationalisms Chapter 8 Economic Nationalism: Developmentalism and Capitalist Nationalism Chapter 9 Educational Nationalism: Reproducing Educational Dualism Chapter 10 Ethnos Nationalism: State, Nation, and "Race" in a House of Mirrors Chapter 11 State Cultural Nationalism: Cultural Policy-Aestheticizing the Nation and Nationalizing Aesthetics Part 12 Popular and Nonofficial Nationalisms Chapter 13 Popular Cultural Nationalism: Linking Ethnos, Aesthetics, Citizenship, and Progress Chapter 14 Postimperial Ethnos Nationalism: Homogeneity, Uniqueness, and Peace Chapter 15 Gendered Nationalism: Producing "Good Wives-Wise Mothers" Chapter 16 Mainstream and Marginal Nationalism: The Paradox of "Japaneseness" in the Mahikari Religious Movement Part 17 Final Thoughts Chapter 18 Japan's Legacy of Modernity and Issues of Citizenship Chapter 19 Internationalism, Extra-Nationalism and Renovationism Part 20 Appendix A Types of Corporations and Their Relevant Laws Part 21 Appendix B Procedure for Establishing a Public-Service Corporation Part 22 Appendix C Organization of Corporations


Brian J. McVeigh teaches Japanese anthropology in the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Arizona.


McVeigh ... explicitly debunks the myths of Japanese uniqueness advanced both by romantics and by those who want to demonize Japan. -- Lucien Pye Foreign Affairs A timely study that deserves to be read by anyone interested in contemporary Japanese culture or politics. -- Kevin M. Doak, Georgetown University McVeigh's ingenious study contributes to our understanding of both Japan and nationalism. A very important book. -- Chalmers Johnson, Japan Policy Research Institute [A] fascinating study of nationalism in Japan... By the end [of the book], readers have a much more complex and nuanced sense of what it means to be Japanese, as well as what it might mean for a non-Japanese outsider to study Japan. Highly recommended. CHOICE |s|jJ A masterful, comprehensive analysis of nationalism in Japan, whose methodology should be an example for the study of nationalism anywhere. -- Harumi Befu, Stanford University Journal Of The Royal Anthropological Institute [A]n ambitious attempt to synthesize and critique this large body of scholarship [on Japanese diversity], to reveal the workings of the ideological fields that continue to sustain myths of Japanese exceptionalism. This is a theoretically rich book that crosses the boundaries of discipline and area studies. Journal Of Japanese Studies McVeigh's important contribution is his demonstration that Japan is not unique in the way that its myths of identity have been managed and mystified at both official and nonofficial levels. Journal of Asian Studies
EAN: 9780742524552
ISBN: 0742524558
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Dezember 2003
Seitenanzahl: 352 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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