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 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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"The postwar history of Japan is just beginning to be written, and Pedagogy of Democracyexamines a formative period—-the U.S. Occupation, 1945-52. Koikari examines the Occupation as a raced, gendered, and classed endeavor in the larger context of the Cold War. Her fresh perspective makes this a significant book for those interested in Japanese women's history and Japanese history in general." 
—Kathleen Uno, Associate Professor of History at Temple University, and author of 
Passages to Modernity: Motherhood, Childhood, and Social Reform in Early Twentieth Century Japan
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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

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 

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