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Multicultural Japan

Multicultural Japan
Palaeolithic to Postmodern

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Part of Contemporary Japanese Society

Katayama Kazumichi, John C. Maher, Simon Kaner, Clare Fawcett, Tessa Morris-Suzuki, Richard Pearson, Hanazaki Kohei, Derek Massarella, Ishii Yoneo, Goto Ken'ichi, Utsumi Aiko, Ueno Chizuko, Amino Yoshihiko, Nishikawa Nagao, Gavan McCormack, Mark Hudson
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  • Date Published: December 2001
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521003629

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  • This book challenges the conventional view of Japanese society as being monocultural and homogenous. Unique for its historical breadth and interdisciplinary orientation, this study extends from the prehistoric phase to the present. It challenges the notion that Japan's monoculture is being challenged only because of internationalism, arguing that cultural diversity has always existed in Japan. It is a provocative discussion of identity politics around the question of "Japaneseness". The paperback edition has a new epilogue.

    • Unique historical breadth and interdisciplinary orientation
    • Controversial criticism of the myth of the Japanese 'pure' blood tradition
    • Paperback edition with a new epilogue
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    "...Donald Denoon, Mark Hudson, Gavan McCormack, and Tessa Morris-Suzuki have given us an eminently intriguing and compelling collection of essays." The Historian

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2001
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521003629
    • length: 312 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.46kg
    • contains: 6 b/w illus. 4 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Archaeology and Identity:
    1. The Japanese as an Asia-Pacific population Katayama Kazumichi
    2. North Kyushu creole: a language-contact model for the origins of Japanese John C. Maher
    3. Beyond ethnicity and emergence in Japanese archaeology Simon Kaner
    4. Archaeology and Japanese identity Clare Fawcett
    Part II. Centre and Periphery:
    5. A descent into the past: the frontier in the construction of Japanese history Tessa Morris-Suzuki
    6. The place of Okinawa in Japanese historical identity Richard Pearson
    7. Ainu Moshir and Yaponesia: Ainu and Okinawan identities in contemporary Japan Hanazaki Kohei
    Part III. Contact with the Outside:
    8. Some reflections on identity formation in East Asia in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries Derek Massarella
    9. Siam and Japan in pre-modern times: a note on mutual images Ishii Yoneo
    10. Indonesia under the 'Greater East Asia co-prosperity sphere' Goto Ken'ichi
    11. Japanese army internment policies for enemy civilians during the Asia-Pacific war Utsumi Aiko
    Part IV. The Japanese Family:
    12. Modern patriarchy and the formation of the Japanese nation state Ueno Chizuko
    13. The modern Japanese family system: a unique or universal? Nishikawa Yuko
    Part V. Culture and Ideology:
    14. Emperor, race and commoners Amino Yoshihiko
    15. Two interpretations of Japanese culture Nishikawa Nagao
    16. Kokusaika: impediments in Japan's deep structure Gavan McCormack
    Afterword: diversity and identity in the twenty-first century Mark Hudson and Tessa Morris-Suzuki.

  • Editors

    Donald Denoon, Australian National University, Canberra

    Mark Hudson, University of West Kyushu, Japan

    Gavan McCormack, Australian National University, Canberra

    Tessa Morris-Suzuki, Australian National University, Canberra


    Katayama Kazumichi, John C. Maher, Simon Kaner, Clare Fawcett, Tessa Morris-Suzuki, Richard Pearson, Hanazaki Kohei, Derek Massarella, Ishii Yoneo, Goto Ken'ichi, Utsumi Aiko, Ueno Chizuko, Amino Yoshihiko, Nishikawa Nagao, Gavan McCormack, Mark Hudson

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