Japan's Outcaste Youth: Education for Liberation

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Japan’s attempt to project to the world an image of solid middle-class national identity is challenged by the Burakumin, an outcaste group of indigenous Japanese citizens who have been subjugated for centuries to political, economic, and religious discrimination. In the 1960s the efforts of this group and its supporters led to a 40-year national program of economic aid and educational programs designed to move these people out of poverty and increase life options. These programs, recently terminated, have left the Burakumin and other marginalized groups uncertain of their future.

Based on ten years of ethnographic inquiry, Gordon’s book explores the views of educators and activists caught in this period of transition after having their lives and careers shaped by the political demands of a liberation movement dedicated to achieving educational equity for the Burakumin and their disadvantaged neighbors. Gordon provides the context of the efforts to achieve the human rights of the Burakumin and the complexity of their identity in a Japanese society struggling with economic and demographic globalization.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594515613
  • Publisher: Paradigm Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/28/2008
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

June A. Gordon is Associate Professor of international and comparative studies in the Department of Education at the University of California–Santa Cruz. She conducts research on marginalized youth in the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan, and China. Her previous books are The Color of Teaching and Beyond the Classroom Walls. She completed a B.A. from Stanford University in East Asian studies and a Ph.D. in educational policy from the University of Washington.
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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The Burakumin 1

Ch. 2 Taboo Research 5

Ch. 3 History and Politics of Liberation 15

Ch. 4 Access and Trust 34

Ch. 5 Schools as Historical Sites of Struggle 57

Ch. 6 Educators for Liberation 69

Ch. 7 Invisible and Silent: The Burakumin of Kanto 79

Ch. 8 A New Lens on Marginalization 86

Ch. 9 Diversity in the Buraku 109

Ch. 10 Korean Japanese and the Buraku 122

Ch. 11 The Effects of Changing Policies 132

Ch. 12 Conclusion 144

References 149

About the Author 160

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