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06/04/2000 (Paperback)
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9781876843533

Nationalism and Gender

by UENO Chizuko
Japanese Society Series
This is written by a sociologist and Japan's "most famous feminist", Chizuko Ueno. A discursive battle over how Japan's history should be remembered constitutes the most recent, and perhaps the most explosive, round in a struggle over the legitimacy of different "narrator's" understandings of the past and its focus on...

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This is written by a sociologist and Japan's "most famous feminist", Chizuko Ueno. A discursive battle over how Japan's history should be remembered constitutes the most recent, and perhaps the most explosive, round in a struggle over the legitimacy of different "narrator's" understandings of the past and its focus on the "comfort women" issue. Feminist theorist Chizuko Ueno confronts head on, in her usual lucid and hard-hitting style, the various actors in the debate. She skillfully cuts through the argument of the neo-nationalist "historical revisionists" who have attempted to deny or minimize the reality of the former "comfort women". Ueno's equally biting treatment of her natural allies - left-wing historians and feminist supporters of the "comfort women" - has also made the book highly controversial.

About Authors

UENO Chizuko is a leading Japanese feminist scholar and Professor Emeritus at the University of Tokyo. Her areas of specialization include gender theory, women’s studies and family sociology. After graduating from the Graduate School of Kyoto University, she served as Associate Professor at Heian Jogakuin Junior College, Visiting Researcher at the University of Chicago and Associate Professor at Kyoto Seika University. Her overseas appointments include Visiting Professor at the University of Bonn and at the University of Mexico. She became Associate Professor at the Faculty of Letters, University of Tokyo, in 1993, and then Professor in the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Tokyo, in 1995. In recent years, she has been involved in research on aged care.

Table of contents


Contents


Translator’s Introduction
Author’s Introduction to the English Edition 


Part I – Engendering the Nation


Methodological Issues
Paradigm Change in Post-War History
Paradigm Change in Women’s History
The Nationalism of Women and Wartime Mobilisation
The Feminist Response
The Feminist Version of “Conquering the Modern”
Female Socialist or Socialist Feminist? The Case of Yamakawa Kikue
The War Responsibility of Ordinary Women
The Dilemma of the Nation-State’s Gender Strategy
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Contents

Translator’s Introduction
Author’s Introduction to the English Edition 

Part I – Engendering the Nation

Methodological Issues
Paradigm Change in Post-War History
Paradigm Change in Women’s History
The Nationalism of Women and Wartime Mobilisation
The Feminist Response
The Feminist Version of “Conquering the Modern”
Female Socialist or Socialist Feminist? The Case of Yamakawa Kikue
The War Responsibility of Ordinary Women
The Dilemma of the Nation-State’s Gender Strategy
The Paradox of this Gender Strategy
Women and the Issue of Conversion
Ideas Capable of Transcending the State
A Critique of the Reflexive School of Women’s History
Going Beyond the “Nationalism of Women” Paradigm  

Part II – The Military Comfort Women Issue

A Triple Crime
The Patriarchal Paradigm of National Shame
The “Purity” of Korean Women
The Military Rape Paradigm
The Prostitution Paradigm
The Sexual Violence Paradigm
The National Discourse
The Grey Zone of Collaboration with Japan
A Uniquely Japanese or Universal Phenomenon?
Gender, Class and the Nation
“Truth” Amidst Multiple Histories  

Part III – The Politics of Memory

The Japanese Version of Historical Revisionism
The Challenge to Gender History
The Positivist Myth of Objective and Neutral History
Historicization versus an Ahistorical Approach
Oral History and Testimony
Narrating History
Reflexive Women’s History
Going Beyond the Nation-State
Can Feminism Transcend Nationalism? 

Part IV – Hiroshima from a Feminist Perspective: Between War Crimes and the Crime of War

Feminism, Peace Studies and Military Studies
Hiroshima as a Symbol
Hiroshima as seen from American Perspective
The Hauge International Court of Justice and the De-Criminalization of Nuclear Weapons
The Split in the Peace Movement
The De-Criminalization of State Violence
Two Lawless Zones
Who is a Citizen?
Public Violence and Gender
Women’s Participation in the Military
The Nationalism of Women
Between War Crimes and the Crimes of War 

Epilogue
Chronology of Related Events
Notes
References
Index

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