The Long Defeat: Cultural Trauma, Memory, and Identity in Japan

Paperback | June 16, 2015

byAkiko Hashimoto

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In The Long Defeat, Akiko Hashimoto explores the stakes of war memory in Japan after its catastrophic defeat in World War II, showing how and why defeat has become an indelible part of national collective life, especially in recent decades. Divisive war memories lie at the root of thecontentious politics surrounding Japan's pacifist constitution and remilitarization, and fuel the escalating frictions in East Asia known collectively as Japan's "history problem." Drawing on ethnography, interviews, and a wealth of popular memory data, this book identifies three preoccupations -national belonging, healing, and justice - in Japan's discourses of defeat. Hashimoto uncovers the key war memory narratives that are shaping Japan's choices - nationalism, pacifism, or reconciliation - for addressing the rising international tensions and finally overcoming its dark history.

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In The Long Defeat, Akiko Hashimoto explores the stakes of war memory in Japan after its catastrophic defeat in World War II, showing how and why defeat has become an indelible part of national collective life, especially in recent decades. Divisive war memories lie at the root of thecontentious politics surrounding Japan's pacifist co...

Akiko Hashimoto is Associate Professor of Sociology and Asian Studies at the University of Pittsburgh.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 9.29 × 6.18 × 0.71 inPublished:June 16, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190239166

ISBN - 13:9780190239169

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements1. Cultural Memory in a Fallen Nation2. Repairing Biographies and Aligning Family Memories3. Defeat Reconsidered: Heroes, Victims, and Perpetrators in the Popular Media4. Pedagogies of War and Peace: Teaching World War II to Children5. The Moral Recovery of Defeated Nations: A Global-Comparative LookNotesBibliographyIndex

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"The Long Defeat is a sweeping analysis of Japanese memory from virtually every angle--political, cultural, and personal--across the span of postwar history. There is hardly anything else like it. It is an essential contribution to the scholarly literature as well as an exceptionallycompelling read." --Jeffrey Olick, Professor of Sociology and History, University of Virginia