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A Genealogy of 'Japanese' Self-Images / Edition 1

A Genealogy of 'Japanese' Self-Images / Edition 1

by Eiji Oguma, David Askew


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This book presents a counter-argument to the widely held view that the Japanese have believed that they are a homogeneous nation since the Meiji period. Eiji Oguma demonstrates that the myth of ethnic homogeneity was not established during the Meiji period, nor during the Pacific War, but only after the end of the war. The study covers a large range of areas, including archaeology, ancient history, linguistics, anthropology, ethnology, folk law, eugenics and philosophy, to obtain an overview of how a variety of authors dealt with the theme of ethnicity. It also examines how this myth of homogeneity arose and how the peoples of such Japanese colonies as Korea and Taiwan were viewed in the pre-war literature on ethnic identity. This is the first English translation of A Genealogy of "Japanese" Self-Images, which won the Suntory Culture Award in 1996.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781876843045
Publisher: Trans Pacific Press
Publication date: 03/01/2002
Series: Japanese Society Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Translator's Commentaryvii
Central Terms in the Kiki Mythsxvii
An Introduction to the English-Language Editionxviii
Part 1The Thought of an 'Open Country'
1The Birth of Theories of the Japanese Nation3
2The Debate on Mixed Residence in the Interior16
3The Theory of the National Polity and Japanese Christianity31
4The Anthropologists53
5The Theory that the 'Japanese' and Koreans share a Common Ancestor64
6The Japanese Annexation of Korea81
Part 2The Thought of 'Empire'
7History and the 'Abolition of Discrimination'95
8The Reformation of the National Polity Theory110
9National Self-Determination and National Borders125
10The Japanese as Caucasians143
11'The Return to Blood'156
Part 3The Thought of an 'Island Nation'
12The Birth of an Island Nation's Folklore175
13Japanisation versus Eugenics203
14The Revival of the Kiki Myths237
15From 'Blood' to 'Climate'260
16The Collapse of Empire285
17The Myth Takes Root298

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