Women's history and local community in postwar Japan

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Abstract

This timely look at a neglected corner of Japanese historiography spotlights the decade following the end of World War II, a time in which Japanese society was undergoing the transformation from imperial state to democratic nation. For certain working and middle-class women involved in education and labor activism, history-writing became a means to greater voice within the turbulent transition.

Women's History and Local Community in Postwar Japan examines the emergence of women's history-writing groups in Tokyo, Nagoya and Ehime, using interviews conducted with founding members and analysis of primary documents and publications by each group. it demonstrates how women appropriated history-writing as a radical praxis geared less toward revolution and more toward the articulation of local imaginations, spaces and memories after World War II. By appropriating history as a praxis that did not need revolution for its success, these women used connections established by Marxist historians between history-writing and subjectivity, but did so in ways that broke rank from nationally-referenced renditions of history and memory. Under conditions in which some women saw history as a field of articulation that remained dominated by men, they put into practice their own de-centered versions of history-writing that continue to influence the historical landscape in contemporary Japan.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages182
ISBN (Electronic)9780203866603
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Jan 1
Externally publishedYes

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Local Communities
History Writing
Women's History
Japan
History
Second World War
Articulation
Revolution
Praxis
Founding
Rendition
Tokyo
Working Class
Historiography
Middle Class
Education
Historian
Activism
Subjectivity
Labor

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Women's history and local community in postwar Japan. / Gayle, Curtis Anderson.

Taylor and Francis, 2013. 182 p.

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