By Kevin M. Doak

This magisterial historical past of jap nationalism unearths nationalism to be a contested and pluralistic perform that seeks to middle the folks in political lifestyles. It offers a wealth of basic resource fabric on how eastern themselves have understood their nationwide id.

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Separate historical developments may provide for separate ideological claims made in the name of each. To differentiate nation and state (and sometimes different articulations of the nation) is a key step to a critical, scholarly evaluation of nationalism. It is characteristic of nationalism itself to conflate state and nation (and in some forms, to conflate all articulations of national and ethnic identity), and to suggest that the nation must be the primary identity in all aspects of one’s life.

This understanding of a nation, its origin, nature, substance, limits and possibility for change, was associated with a political liberalism that placed primacy on the freedom of individual feelings (at least to the extent they did not conflict with existing power structures). If a nation were simply a matter of sentiment, an idea that exists in a person’s mind, then it was only a matter of time before psychologists weighed in on the matter. B. Pillsbury, professor of psychology at the University of Michigan, and William McDougall, Professor of Psychology at Harvard University.

In this chapter, I move from leading social theories on the relationship between concepts of society and the nation (as both approximations of “the people”) to an analysis of the development of the concept of society (shakai) in modern Japan to argue that social imaginaries are even closer to Japanese nationalism than monarchial institutions are. Chapters Five and Six, on the concepts of kokumin and minzoku, respectively, represent the heart of Japanese nationalism, as these concepts are the core of the alternative ways in which Japanese articulate nationalism (kokuminshugi, minzokushugi).

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