Queer Japan from the Pacific War to the Internet Age

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Rowman & Littlefield, Jan 1, 2005 - Social Science - 247 pages
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Scholarship on Japan has recently broadened to include minority perspectives on communities from marginal workers to those whose sexuality has long been overlooked. This volume, with its combination of fieldwork in the gay and lesbian communities and the use of historical sources such as journals and documents, breaks important new ground in this field. It examines gay life in the Japanese Pacific War, addresses transgender and lesbian as well as gay issues, examines the interface of queer society with the U.S. occupation and the international community, contests major interpretations of contemporary queer society, and introduces readers to the development of lesbian, transgender, and gay communities in postwar Japan.Queer Japan from the Pacific Age to the Internet Age provides a historical outline of the development of sexual-minority identity categories and community formation through a detailed analysis of both niche and mainstream publications, including magazines, newspapers, biographies, memoirs, and Internet sites. The material is also augmented with interview data from individuals who have had a long association with Japan's queer cultures.Including a wealth of images from the "perverse press," this book will appeal to students and general readers interested in modern and contemporary Japan and in gender studies and sexuality.
  

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Contents

Heteronormativity on the Road to War
15
Japans Postwar Perverse Culture
59
Gay Boys Blue Boys and Brother Girls
101
The Development of a Homo Subculture
127
Toward a Lesbian and Gay Consciousness
159
Transgender Lives
193
Afterword
221
Bibliography
223
Index
241
About the Author
247
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Page 3 - If it is true that sexuality is the set of effects produced in bodies, behaviors, and social relations by a certain deployment deriving from a complex political technology...
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Page 3 - We must return, therefore, to formulations that have long been disparaged; we must say that there is a bourgeois sexuality, and that there are class sexualities. Or rather, that sexuality is originally, historically bourgeois, and that, in its successive shifts and transpositions, it induces specific class \ effects.
Page 6 - a majority of Japanese gay men live in contradiction, a constant struggle with the inner self, even to the point of cutting off emotions and the denial of their own oppression

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Mark McLelland is lecturer in sociology in the School of Social Sciences, Media and Communication, at the University of Wollongong.

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