Resisting Social Control in Japan
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This paper examines "In the Realm of a Dying Emperor", where Norma Field provides an incisive critique of conservative Japanese ideologies and practices. The paper explores Japan as a female-oppressed society and discusses how Japanese women can use the female authority in the home to resist the power of the dominant culture in the public sphere. The paper emphasizes that resistance in Japan must occur through the Japanese cultural context, not in the manner that Western terms dictate.
From the Paper:"In Japan, the conformity to the group, and sacrificing of the individual, plays a significant role in the way dominant power prevails, as those in power show that individual resistance represents a betrayal of group progress. This is a method of social control, by which the society keeps people in line. People accept all of these constraints because of their belief in making a strong society work. Norma Field shows how individuals can resist societal control by standing up for individual principles.
"Field shows that part of the problem in Japan is that there is a wiping out of historical memory. For instance, after the war, Japanese were focused on forgetting the past. They did not want to discuss the war, nor the issue of imperial responsibility for it; they concentrated on rebuilding their society instead. But this led to an amnesia, which, in turn, facilitated the social control implemented by dominant groups. The only way to fight this social control, therefore, is for Japanese to attack taboos and discuss history honestly. This is why Field is interested in people who challenge the rules and discuss issues that are officially declared closed."
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