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Peace, a Contested Identity: Japan’s Constitutional Revision and Grassroots Peace Movements
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Oriental Languages, Japanese Studies.
2011 (English)In: Peace and Change, ISSN 0149-0508, E-ISSN 1468-0130, Vol. 36, no 3, 373-399 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article provides an ethnographic account of peace in contemporary Japanese society, focusing on the ongoing political agenda—the revision of Japan’s Constitution. For the Japanese people, pacifism is a culturally embedded concept that has defined their social and political lives during the post-World War II era. It has shaped Japanese individual and group identities, social relations, and practices. This article explores the ways in which peace represents a set of contested identities constructed through politics at the state level as well as through everyday life at the individual level. Peace is not a fixed concept nor can it be defined only by the state or authorities. The dynamic process of identity construction is examined through distinct narratives generated by both pro-revisionists and grassroots anti-revisionists on the Constitution.

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2011. Vol. 36, no 3, 373-399 p.
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peace, Japan
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Social Sciences
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Peace and Conflict Research; Japanology; Social Anthropology
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-68858DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-0130.2011.00703.xOAI: diva2:473882
Available from: 2012-01-08 Created: 2012-01-08 Last updated: 2013-07-01Bibliographically approved

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