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

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Overview

Pedagogy of Democracy re-interprets the U.S. occupation of Japan from 1945 to 1952 as a problematic instance of Gold War feminist mobilization rather than a successful democratization of Japanese women as previously argued. By combining three fields of research-occupation, Gold War, and postcolonial feminist studies-and examining occupation records and other archival sources, Koikari argues that postwar gender reform was one of the Gold War containment strategies that undermined rather than promoted women's political and economic rights.

Koikari suggests that American and Japanese women leaders both participated in as well as resisted the ruling dynamics of race, gender, class, sexuality, and nation. Thus, Pedagogy of Democracy sheds new light on the complex and contradictory implications of Western feminist interventions in Asia.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592137015
  • Publisher: Temple University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 226
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Mire Koikari is an Associate Professor and Director of the Women’s Studies Program at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 
Note on Japanese Names 
1. Introduction: Recasting Women in the U.S. Occupation of Japan 
2. Feminism, Nationalisn, and Colonial Genealogies: Women's Enfranchisement and Constitutional Revision 
3. Feminism, Domestic Containment, and Cold War Citizenry 
4. Women, the Cold War, and the Question of Resistance 
5. Making the Body Respectable: Cold War Containment and Regulation of Sexuality 
6. Conclusion 
Notes 
Bibliography 
Index

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