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Alegal: Biopolitics and the Unintelligibility of Okinawan Life

Annmaria M. Shimabuku

Abstract

Alegal reveals modern Okinawa to be suspended in a perpetual state of exception: it is neither an official colony of Japan or the U.S., nor an equal part of the Japanese state. Today it is the site of one of the densest concentrations of U.S. military bases globally—a truly exceptional condition stemming from Japan’s abhorrence toward sexual contact around bases in its mainland that factored into securing Okinawa as a U.S. military fortress. This book merges Foucauldian biopolitics with Japanese Marxist theorizations of capitalism to trace the formation of a Japanese middle class that discipli ... More

Keywords: biopolitics, Japanese Marxism, military prostitution, Okinawa, postcolonial Japanese studies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780823282661
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823282661.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Annmaria M. Shimabuku, author
New York University