The Long Defeat: Cultural Trauma, Memory, and Identity in Japan

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This book explores the stakes of war memory in Japan after its defeat in World War II, showing how and why defeat has become an indelible part of national collective life, especially in recent decades. It probes into the heart of the divisive war memories that lie at the root of current disputes over revising Japan's pacifist constitution, remilitarization, and the escalating frictions in East Asia that have come to be known collectively as Japan's "history problem."

Examining Japan's culture of defeat up to the present day, the book illuminates how memories of national trauma remain relevant to culture and society long after the event, and why the memories of difficult experiences endure, and even intensify, despite people's impulse to avoid remembering a dreadful past and to move on. These memories have endured in Japan for many reasons: the nation's trajectory changed profoundly after its surrender of sovereignty in 1945; collective life had to be regenerated from the catastrophic national fall; and it faced the predicament of living with a discredited, tainted past.

This book shows that the culture of defeat in Japan has mobilized new and continually revised narratives to explain grievous national failures, mourn the dead, redirect blame, and recover from the burdens of stigma and guilt. The task of making a coherent story of defeat is at the same time a project of repairing the moral backbone of a broken society. Drawing on ethnographic observations and personal interviews as well as testimonial and other popular memory data since the 1980s, the book identifies three preoccupations - national belonging, healing, and justice - in Japan's discourses of defeat. It traces the key memory narratives, and identifies their crucial roles in assessing Japan's choices - nationalism, pacifism, or reconciliationism - for addressing the escalating national and international tensions it faces today.

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Akiko Hashimoto is Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Pittsburgh; author of Imagined Families, Lived Families: Culture and kinship in contemporary Japan (SUNY 2008), The Gift of Generations: Japanese and American Perspectives on Aging and the Social Contract (CUP 1996), and Family Support for the Elderly: The International Experience (OUP 1992).

Contenuti:

  • Acknowledgements
  • Chapter 1: Cultural Memory in a Fallen Nation
  • Chapter 2: Repairing Biographies and Aligning Family Memories
  • Chapter 3: Defeat Reconsidered: Heroes, Victims, & Perpetrators in the Popular Media
  • Chapter 4: Pedagogies of War and Peace: Teaching World War II to Children
  • Chapter 5: The Moral Recovery of Defeated Nations: A Global-Comparative Look
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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Descrizione libro Oxford University Press, United Kingdom, 2015. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. 231 x 155 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. This book explores the stakes of war memory in Japan after its defeat in World War II, showing how and why defeat has become an indelible part of national collective life, especially in recent decades. It probes into the heart of the divisive war memories that lie at the root of current disputes over revising Japan s pacifist constitution, remilitarization, and the escalating frictions in East Asia that have come to be known collectively as Japan s history problem. Examining Japan s culture of defeat up to the present day, the book illuminates how memories of national trauma remain relevant to culture and society long after the event, and why the memories of difficult experiences endure, and even intensify, despite people s impulse to avoid remembering a dreadful past and to move on. These memories have endured in Japan for many reasons: the nation s trajectory changed profoundly after its surrender of sovereignty in 1945; collective life had to be regenerated from the catastrophic national fall; and it faced the predicament of living with a discredited, tainted past. This book shows that the culture of defeat in Japan has mobilized new and continually revised narratives to explain grievous national failures, mourn the dead, redirect blame, and recover from the burdens of stigma and guilt. The task of making a coherent story of defeat is at the same time a project of repairing the moral backbone of a broken society. Drawing on ethnographic observations and personal interviews as well as testimonial and other popular memory data since the 1980s, the book identifies three preoccupations - national belonging, healing, and justice - in Japan s discourses of defeat. It traces the key memory narratives, and identifies their crucial roles in assessing Japan s choices - nationalism, pacifism, or reconciliationism - for addressing the escalating national and international tensions it faces today. Codice libro della libreria AOP9780190239169

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