Japan and Okinawa: Structure and Subjectivity by Glen D. Hook
Japan and Okinawa offer a modern, coherent and theoretical study of Okinawa from the perspective of political economy and society. It combines the focus on structure and selfness as a…
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Japan and Okinawa offer a modern, coherent and theoretical study of Okinawa from the perspective of political economy and society. It combines the focus on structure and selfness as a way to analyze Okinawa and Okinawa and the relationship with global, regional and national structures.
The book relies on a range of disciplines to offer new insights into both the contemporary and historical place of Okinawa and Okinawa. The first half of the book examines Okinawa as part of global, regional and national structures that impose restrictions as well as provide opportunities for Okinawa. Key specialists review in detail topics such as Okinawa as a border area, Okinawa free trade zones, response to globalization and Okinawa as part of Japan's "building state" and are particularly interested in how Okinawa can chart its own course. The second half focuses on questions of identity and struggle, examines a large number of vibrant cultural practices that breathe life in the sense of Okinawan, and benefits their social and political responses to structural constraints.
The originality of this book can be found in how the structural constraints of Okinawa's unstable position in the world, the region and as part of Japan affect the self. For many Okinawans, in the past as now, accepting and rationalizing their credentials made them collaborators in their own subordination.
At the same time, however, they have demonstrated the ability to express a separate identity, incorporating cultural practices that distinguish them from Japanese Japanese.
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