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Hardback: $53.00
ISBN-13: 9781885445346
Published: April 2011
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ISBN-13: 9781885445247
Published: March 2010

Deconstructing Nationality

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  • How can a post-national Japanese Studies be defined? How might the postwar myth of a monoethnic Japan be historicized? Can new forms of nationalism be effectively criticized by evoking a spirit of nationalist democracy? This book contains a series of groundbreaking essays by major Japanese and American scholars seeking to locate “Japan” beyond the geographical and ideological boundaries established post-1945 and under the Cold War. Included are essays on such iconic cultural figures as Maruyama Masao and Takamura Kôtarô; on the impact of colonialism on prewar theories of race, language, and multi-culturalism; on gender and nationalism; on the critique of culturalist notions of the “native speaker” and “mother tongue,” and on Asian nationalisms in the era of globalization.