9780231138918-0231138911-Okinawa and the U.S. Military: Identity Making in the Age of Globalization

Okinawa and the U.S. Military: Identity Making in the Age of Globalization

ISBN-13: 9780231138918
ISBN-10: 0231138911
Edition: With a new preface
Author: Inoue, Masamichi
Publication date: 2017
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Format: Paperback 344 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780231138918
ISBN-10: 0231138911
Edition: With a new preface
Author: Inoue, Masamichi
Publication date: 2017
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Format: Paperback 344 pages

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Acknowledged authors Inoue, Masamichi wrote Okinawa and the U.S. Military: Identity Making in the Age of Globalization comprising 344 pages back in 2017. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0231138911 and 9780231138918. Since then Okinawa and the U.S. Military: Identity Making in the Age of Globalization textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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In 1995, an Okinawan schoolgirl was brutally raped by several U.S. servicemen. The incident triggered a chain of protests by women's groups, teachers' associations, labor unions, reformist political parties, and various grassroots organizations across Okinawa prefecture. Reaction to the crime culminated in a rally attended by some 85,000 people, including business leaders and conservative politicians who had seldom raised their voices against the U.S. military presence.Using this event as a point of reference, Inoue explores how Okinawans began to regard themselves less as a group of uniformly poor and oppressed people and more as a confident, diverse, middle-class citizenry embracing the ideals of democracy, human rights, and women's equality. As this identity of resistance has grown, however, the Japanese government has simultaneously worked to subvert it, pressuring Okinawans to support a continued U.S. presence. Inoue traces these developments as well, revealing the ways in which Tokyo has assisted the United States in implementing a system of governance that continues to expand through the full participation and cooperation of residents.Inoue deftly connects local social concerns with the larger political processes of the Japanese nation and the global strategies of the United States. He critically engages social-movement literature along with postmodern/structural/colonial discourses and popular currents and themes in Okinawan and Japanese studies. Rich in historical and ethnographical detail, this volume is a nuanced portrait of the impact of Japanese colonialism, World War II, and U.S. military bases on the formation of contemporary Okinawan identity.
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