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The Erotic and the Vulgar: Visual Culture and Organized Labor's Critique of U.S. Hegemony in Occupied Japan

Gerteis, Christopher (2007) 'The Erotic and the Vulgar: Visual Culture and Organized Labor's Critique of U.S. Hegemony in Occupied Japan.' Critical Asian Studies, 39 (1). pp. 3-34.

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Abstract

This essay engages the colonial legacy of postwar Japan by arguing that the political cartoons produced as part of the postwar Japanese labor movement’s critique of U.S. cultural hegemony illustrate how gendered discourses underpinned, and sometimes undermined, the ideologies formally represented by visual artists and the organizations that funded them. A significant component of organized labor’s propaganda rested on a corpus of visual media that depicted women as icons of Japanese national culture. Japan’s most militant labor unions were propagating anti-imperialist discourses that invoked an engendered/endangered nation that accentuated the importance of union roles for men by subordinating, then eliminating, union roles for women.

Item Type: Articles
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Languages and Cultures > Centre for Gender Studies
Regional Centres > Japan Research Centre
Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Department of History
ISSN: 14672715
Copyright Statement: Published by Taylor & Frances. © 2007 BCAS
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): 10.1080/14672710601171392
Depositing User: Christopher Gerteis
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2011 16:05
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/12639

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