The keystone of U.S. security in East Asia, Okinawa is a troubled symbol of resistance and identity. In this perceptive ethnography, Matthew Allen draws on extensive fieldwork, interviews, and historical research to provide an original exploration of identity construction. The author argues that identity in Okinawa is multi-vocal, ambivalent, and still very much 'under construction.' With its interdisciplinary focus, anthropologists, sociologists, and historians alike will find this book an important source for understanding broad questions of identity formation in the contexts of national, ethnic, cultural, historical and economic experience.
Matthew Allen is senior lecturer in Japanese history in the School of Asian Studies at the University of Auckland.
Part 1 Part I: Memory, Locality, and History Chapter 2 Wolves and Tigers: Remembering the Kumejima Massacres Chapter 3 Locality and Diaspora on Kumejima Chapter 4 Dialect and Dialectics Chapter 5 Educating Society Part 6 Part II: Mental Health, Shamanism, and Identity Chapter 7 When Spirits Attack: Shamanism, Psychiatry, and Schizophrenia Chapter 8 The Unsuccessful Shaman's Apprentice Chapter 9 The Akebono-kai: Stigma and Identity Part 10 Part III: Regionalism and Identity Chapter 11 Selling Kume to Japan: Tourism as the last Resort Chapter 13 Glossary Chapter 13 Confusing the Issues Chapter 14 Interviews Chapter 15 List of Illustrations Chapter 16 Index