Voice, Silence, and Self: Negotiations of Buraku Identity in Contemporary Japan

Voice, Silence, and Self: Negotiations of Buraku Identity in Contemporary Japan

by Christopher Bondy


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674088405
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 09/07/2015
Series: Harvard East Asian Monographs Series , #386
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Christopher Bondy is Associate Professor of Sociology at International Christian University in Tokyo.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Note to the Reader xiv

List of Abbreviations xv

1 Silent Introductions 1

Social Silence 4

Experiencing Silence 10

Chapter Progression 12

2 Backgrounds and Struggles 15

Historical Background 17

Emancipation 19

Finding Backgrounds 20

Early Social Movement Organizations 21

Postwar Buraku Social Movements 24

Dowa Policies 26

Denunciation Sessions 28

Fracturing of the Movement 30

Conclusion 32

3 Movement Integration: Silence and Cultural Practices 34

Kuromatsu and the Jiyu Dowa Kai 35

Takagawa and the Buraku Liberation League 39

Children's Club 42

Literacy Classes 42

Signs and Symbols 43

Creating the Kaiho no Matsuri 44

The Festival 45

Conclusion 52

4 Lessons of Silence: Buraku Issues in School 55

Schooling in Japan 55

Dowa Education 57

Kuromatsu 60

Buraku Issues in Hinode Junior High School 61

Dowa Education within the District 62

The Curriculum 64

Takagawa 67

Centering Buraku Concerns 69

Local Experiences 71

Outside the Classroom 77

Takagawa Elementary School 80

Student Reactions 82

Conclusion 84

5 Social Space and Social Interactions: Practicing in the Protective Cocoon 86

Making Friends and Marking Difference in Kuromatsu 88

The Takagawa Children's Club 92

Social Interaction and Trust 93

Club, School, and Community: Making Connections 95

Preparing Burakumin Children for the Future 97

Fateful Moments: The Graffiti Incident 98

Open Space: A School-Wide Discussion of Discrimination 101

"Safety" of the Children's Club 107

Conclusion 108

6 Beyond the Cocoon: Passing on to the Next Stage 110

The First Steps beyond the Cocoon: The Move to High School 111

Beyond Hinode Junior High School 113

Beyond Takagawa Junior High School 117

Entering the Adult World 123

Sustained Silence in Adulthood 124

Unexpectedly Silent 126

Institutional Changes 128

Municipal Consolidation 129

Continued Silence in Kuromatsu 131

Changes in Takagawa 133

Conclusion 140

Conclusion: Calling for a Discrimination-Free Society 143

Managing Stigma 147

What Does the Future Hold? 151

Appendix: Methods of Silence 155

Notes 163

References 167

Index 181

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