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Japanese nationalism in divergence: contemporary expressions

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posted on 2022-03-28, 11:07 authored by Chy Vi Yeak
Many analyses have articulated the change in Japan's nationalist tone in militarist terms, categorising Japanese nationalism as a resurgence of prewar imperialist values. Nevertheless, the contemporary character of Japan's nationalist expressions is indicating a breakaway from its pacifist past and a tilt towards a more conservative virtue. A theoretically and historically informed examination of the most significant internal and external factors aims to explain Japan's current shift in nationalist tone. Critical applications of nominated frameworks seek to provide new understandings of contemporary Japanese nationalism beyond the pervasive miltarist narrative. A more promising approach selectively draws on the rich literature on nationalism that has developed over the past three decades. Applied to Japanese nationalism, these theories and concepts offer a corrective to the militarist lens. This study employed theories of recurrent renovationist nationalism, relationalism and norm constructivism with the nation and nationalism conceived through notions of imagination and plural discourses. All these elements form the theoretical framework to analyse the salient features of Japanese nationalism. Research into contemporary Japanese nationalism reveals a new conservative strand of nationalism is challenging the pacifist orthodox and is being presented as a viable ideology in the light of the prevailing atmosphere. Conservative nationalism is ascending and is seeking dominance in Japan's nationalist discourse.


Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction -- Chapter 2. Theoretical framework -- Chapter 3. Origins, evolutions and manifestations of Japanese nationalism -- Chapter 4. Japanese nationalism in the twenty-first century -- Chapter 5. Conclusion.


Theoretical thesis. Bibliography: pages 58-67

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Macquarie University

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Thesis MRes


MRes, Macquarie University, Faculty of Arts, Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations

Department, Centre or School

Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations

Year of Award


Principal Supervisor

Lloyd Cox

Additional Supervisor 1

Aleksandar Pavković


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