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Multicultural Japan : Palaeolithic to Postmodern - Donald Denoon

Multicultural Japan

Palaeolithic to Postmodern

By: Donald Denoon (Editor), Mark Hudson (Editor), Gavan McCormack (Editor), Tessa Morris-Suzuki (Editor), Yoshio Sugimoto (Editor)

Paperback Published: 20th November 2001
ISBN: 9780521003629
Number Of Pages: 310

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This book challenges the conventional view of Japanese society as monocultural and homogenous. Unique for its historical breadth and interdisciplinary orientation, Multicultural Japan ranges from prehistory to the present, arguing that cultural diversity has always existed in Japan. A timely and provocative discussion of identity politics regarding the question of 'Japaneseness', the book traces the origins of the Japanese, examining Japan's indigenous people and the politics of archaeology, using the latter to link Japan's ancient history with contemporary debates on identity. Also examined are Japan's historical connections with Europe and East and Southeast Asia, ideology, family, culture and past and present.

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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

List of Figures and Tablesp. v
List of Contributorsp. vi
Abbreviationsp. viii
Introductionp. 1
Archaeology and Identity
The Japanese as an Asia-Pacific Populationp. 19
North Kyushu Creole: a language-contact model for the origins of Japanesep. 31
Beyond Ethnicity and Emergence in Japanese Archaeologyp. 46
Archaeology and Japanese Identityp. 60
Centre and Periphery
A Descent into the Past: the frontier in the construction of Japanese historyp. 81
The Place of Okinawa in Japanese Historial Identityp. 95
Ainu Moshir and Yaponesia: Ainu and Okinawan identities in contemporary Japanp. 117
Contact with the Outside
Some Reflections on Identity Formation in East Asia in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuriesp. 135
Siam and Japan in Pre-Modern Times: a note on mutual imagesp. 153
Indonesia under the 'Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere'p. 160
Japanese Army Internment Policies for Enemy Civilians during the Asia-Pacific Warp. 174
The Japanese Family
Modern Patriarchy and the Formation of the Japanese Nation Statep. 213
The Modern Japanese Family System: unique or universal?p. 224
Culture and Ideology
Emperor, Race, and Commonersp. 235
Two Interpretations of Japanese Culturep. 245
Kokusaika: impediments in Japan's deep structurep. 265
Afterword: Diversity and Identity in the Twenty-First Centuryp. 287
Indexp. 293
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ISBN: 9780521003629
ISBN-10: 0521003628
Series: Contemporary Japanese Society
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 310
Published: 20th November 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.43