Showing for the 1st time in English, the writings during this assortment replicate one of the most cutting edge and influential paintings by means of eastern intellectuals in recent times. the quantity deals an extraordinary and much-needed window into the an important principles and positions at present shaping eastern notion (shiso).
In addressing the political, ancient, and cultural matters that experience ruled jap society, those essays move more than a few disciplines, together with literary conception, philosophy, heritage, gender stories, and cultural experiences. participants study Japan's imperialist and nationalist earlier in addition to representations and remembrances of this historical past. additionally they critique fresh efforts in jap right-wing circles to erase or imprecise the extra troubling features of Japan's colonial firm in East Asia. different essays discover how Japan has considered itself in regard to the West and the advanced effect of Western inspiration on jap highbrow and political life.
The volume's groundbreaking essays on problems with gender and the contested position of feminist notion in Japan speak about the similarities among the emotional bullying of girls who don't settle for conventional gender roles and teasing in faculties; how the japanese have followed components of Western orientalism to discredit feminism; and historic structures of eastern motherhood.
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In this article, I would like to take up the “structure of teasing” itself, examining the various “categories” to which “teasing” is applied and considering why and how “teasing” comes to have political effects. In this way, we can begin to clarify why the lib movement was faced with such a fusillade of “teasing” as well as uncover the extent of its political effects. As seen from one side of this act, it is a form of interaction. ” Let us begin with the latter. As part of “play,” these are words of ease and latitude, and so escape the responsibility that words customarily hold in daily life.
256). 7–18. ”3 “Ever since women calling themselves women’s lib started appearing in Tokyo last October, the articles have been filled with jeering laughter and mockery. 5 It had been no different in the United States. ”6 Whereas reporters had examined the political message underlying the parodic antics of the Yippies,7 “they just glanced at the surface of the women’s actions and used them to illustrate how silly women were. ”8 Likewise, in looking at the history of women’s liberation movements in general, we can say that society’s basic response has always been one of teasing and ridicule.
In order to first reveal this violence as violence, then, Ehara is forced to abstract from the immediate historical circumstances surrounding this denigration of feminism (which were at this point of such an immediacy as to provoke only reactions of denial concerning this violence) and highlight those structural aspects of teasing that function to keep it subordinated. By making explicit those inequalities inherent in the social— or, as she writes elsewhere, that “power contained in social structures themselves, whose workings cannot be reduced to the intentions of specific individuals”31—Ehara effectively opens up new possibilities for social relations, especially those relations in which gender and sexuality are most at stake.
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