This is the first time that all the authorized textbooks currently in use have been analyzed using a critical discourse that is anchored firmly in the theory of 'language within society', elucidating the meanings and associated ideologies created by the language of textbooks. Barnard examines the meaning-making potential of language, questions why certain choices are made, and links these choices to the ideological construction of meaning within Japanese history textbooks. Perhaps controversially, this ideological construction is then linked to debates within Japanese society regarding war responsibilities and the textbook authorization system. Among the historical incidents dealt with in the book are: the Manchurian Incident, the Rape of Nanking and the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. This book will appeal to anyone interested in the ideological construction of language as well as proving essential to specialists in Japanese Studies, sociology, social and cultural history.
|Publisher:||Taylor & Francis|
|Product dimensions:||6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.50(d)|
Table of Contents
2. The Rape of Nanking: Process and Participents
3. The Attacks by Germany and Japan: The Ideology of Irresponsibility
4. The Surrenders of Germany and Japan: The Ideology of Face-Protection
5. Conclusion. Locating the Findings in a Wider Context