Pedagogy of Democracy: Feminism and the Cold War in the U. S. Occupation of Japan

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Pedagogy of Democracy re-interprets the U.S. occupation of Japan from 1945 to 1952 as a problematic instance of Cold War feminist mobilization rather than a successful democratization of Japanese women as previously argued. By combining three fields of research - occupation, Cold War, and postcolonial feminist studies - and examining occupation records and other archival sources, Koikari argues that postwar gender reform was part of the Cold War containment strategies that undermined rather than promoted women's political and economic rights.
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"Koikari has done a remarkable job in Pedagogy of Democracy: Feminism and the Cold War in the US Occupation of Japan of shedding new light on what might appear at first glance to be a familiar subject. By taking a critical feminist perspective with one eye on the nationalist and imperialist trends within Japan and another eye on the emerging structure of bipolar Cold War conflict, and combining this approach with extensive archival work, Koikari has presented a highly readable and fresh perspective on the US Occupation of Japan…. [T]his book will deservedly command a wide interdisciplinary audience amongst researchers with interests ranging from Japanese Studies to Postcolonial Studies, History to Gender Studies. Koikari is also to be congratulated for breathing new life into a well-established field."
— Gender & History
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592137008
  • Publisher: Temple University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Note on Japanese Names

1 Introduction: Recasting Women in the U.S. Occupation of Japan 1

2 Feminism, Nationalism, and Colonial Genealogies: Women's Enfranchisement and Constitutional Revision 32

3 Feminism, Domestic Containment, and Cold War Citizenry 75

4 Women, the Cold War, and the Question of Resistance 121

5 Making the Body Respectable: Cold War Containment and Regulation of Sexuality 159

6 Conclusion 189

Notes 193

Bibliography 215

Index 223

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