I am pleased to announce the publication of my new book:
Koikari, Mire. Gender, Culture, and Disaster in Post-3.11 Japan. SOAS Studies in Modern and Contemporary Japan. Bloomsbury Academic, 2020. ISBN 9781350122499
The Great East Japan Disaster – a compound catastrophe of earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown that began on March 11, 2011 – has ushered in a new era of cultural production dominated by discussions on safety and security, risk and vulnerability, and recovery and refortification. Gender, Culture, and Disaster in Post-3.11 Japan re-frames post-disaster national reconstruction as a social project imbued with dynamics of gender, race, and empire and offers an innovative approach to resilience politics in contemporary Japan and beyond.
From juvenile literature to civic manuals to policy statements, the book examines a vast array of primary sources to demonstrate how femininity and masculinity, readiness and preparedness, militarism and humanitarianism, and nationalism and transnationalism inform cultural formation and transformation triggered by the unprecedented crisis. Interdisciplinary in its orientation, the book reveals how militarism, neoliberalism, and neoconservatism drive Japan’s resilience building while calling attention to its historical precedents and transnational connections.
An important contribution to studies of gender and Japan, the book is essential reading for all those wishing to understand local and global politics of precarity and its proposed solution amid the rising tide of pandemics, ecological hazards, industrial disasters, and humanitarian crises.
Table of Contents:
List of Illustrations
1. Introduction: Rethinking Japanese Culture since 3.11
2. Re-Masculinizing the Nation: Resilient Manhood and Revitalized Nationhood
3. Training Women for Disaster: Domesticity and Preparedness in the Age of Uncertainty
4. Securitizing Childhood: Children and Disaster Readiness Education
5. Mobilizing the Paradise: Hawaiʻi in Post-Disaster National Imagination
Mire Koikari is Professor of Women’s Studies at University of Hawaiʻi