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First published: September 1, 2023 - Last updated: September 1, 2023


Author: Sachiyo Tsukamoto

Title: The Politics of Trauma and Integrity

Subtitle: Stories of Japanese "Comfort Women"

Place: London and New York, NY

Publisher: Routledge

Year: 2022

Pages: xv + 149pp.

Series: Gender in a Global/Local World

ISBN-13: 9781032067469 (hbk.) - Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9781032067506(pbk.) - Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9781003203698 (ebk.) - Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century | Asian History: Japanese History | Types: Forced Prostitution / Japanese "Comfort Women"; Types: Wartime Sexual Violence / Asia-Pacific War; Victims: Mental Consequences / Trauma


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Author: Sachiyo Tsukamoto, School of Humanities, Creative Industries and Social Sciences, University of Newcastle, Australia -

  List of figures (p. x)
  Acknowledgements (p. xi)
  List of abbreviations (p. xiii)
  Prologue (p. xiv)
  1. Introduction: Trauma and recovery (p. 1)
    Hegemonic narratives and the politics of history (p. 1)
    Trauma as impossible communication (p. 5)
    Recovery from trauma as the creation of a coherent self (p. 8)
    The politics of integrity (p. 11)
    The structure of this book (p. 12)
    Notes (p. 16)
    References (p. 17)
      Primary sources (p. 17)
      Secondary sources (p. 17)
  2. Conspiracy of silence in the post-war Japan (p. 21)
    Introduction (p. 21)
    Japan's war trauma and the states' post-war revisionism (p. 22)
    Our Good and Loyal Subjects (14 August 1945) (p. 24)
    A hidden history of the sexual contract: Japanese "comfort women" for the Allied Forces (p. 26)
    Conclusion (p. 32)
    Notes (p. 32)
    References (p. 33)
  3. Kikumaru: Between voice and silence (p. 35)
    Introduction (p. 35)
    Reclaiming post-war life (p. 36)
    The divided self (p. 39)
    Kikumaru's final effort: breaking her silence (p. 42)
    Conclusion (p. 45)
    Notes (p. 46)
    References (p. 47)
      Primary sources (p. 47)
      Secondary sources (p. 47)
  4. Shirota Suzuko: The victim-survivor-activist (p. 50)
    Introduction (p. 50)
    The listener (p. 50)
    Stage 1: establishment of stability for survival (p. 54)
    Stage 2: subject formation by building a coherent narrative of the self (p. 58)
    Stage 3: reconnection to the external world (p. 63)
    The victim-survivor activist (p. 72)
    Conclusion (p. 74)
    Notes (p. 75)
    References (p. 76)
      Primary sources (p. 76)
      Secondary sources (p. 77)
    Bibliography (p. 79)
  5. The state-licensed oprostitute as a dutiful daughter (p. 80)
    Introduction (p. 80)
    The conspiracy of silence: forced internalisation of the abusers' shame and guilt into their victims (p. 80)
    Kikumaru (Hirota 2009) (p. 83)
    For the family to for the country (p. 85)
    Shirota Suzuko (Shirota 1971) (p. 87)
    Patriarchal family as a unit of patriarchal society (p. 88)
    Betrayal of trust (p. 89)
    Prostitution sex a dehumanise process (p. 90)
    Conclusion (p. 92)
    Note (p. 93)
    References (p. 93)
      Primary sources (p. 93)
      Secondary sources (p. 93)
  6. "Comfort women" as a gendered national subject (p. 95)
    Introduction (p. 95)
    Hegemonic masculinity and homosocial male bonding (p. 96)
    Masculinities of citizen-soldiers in modern Japan (p. 98)
    Kikumaru as the wife/mistress for officers (p. 101)
    Shirota Sizuko as a witness to brutality at war (p. 105)
    Nationalism as conspiracy of silene (p. 109)
    From "fully fledged" citizens to "fully fledged" soldiers (p. 110)
    Homosocial bond between "fully fledged" soldiers (p. 113)
    The making of an imperial killing maschine (p. 117)
    Conclusion: beyong masculinity as humanity (p. 119)
    Notes (p. 121)
    References (p. 122)
      Primary sources (p. 122)
      Secondary sources (p. 123)
  7. Epilogue (p. 126)
    Introduction (p. 126)
    Modern nation-states as imagined communities (p. 127)
    The 'Circles of Memory: The "Comfort Women" and the World' (p. 130)
    From empathy to activism as imagined communities (p. 134)
    References (p. 136)
  Appendix: Brief life stories of some Japanese "comfort women" (p. 138)
    Keiko (Sasakuri Fuji) (p. 138)
    Miyagi Tsuru (pseudonym) (p. 139)
    Mizuno Iku (p. 140)
    Shimada Yoshiko (pseudonym) (p. 140)
    Suzumoto Aya (pseudonym) (p. 141)
    Takanashi Taka (p. 141)
    Tanaka Tami (pseudonym) (p. 143)
    Uehara Eiko (pseudonym) (p. 144)
  Index (p. 145)

Description: »The Politics of Trauma and Integrity uses the lenses of gender and trauma to tell the stories of narratives testified by two contrasting Japanese "comfort women" survivors.
Through an innovative interdisciplinary study of the politics of gendered memory and trauma in a historical context, with numerous primary sources for analysis including diaries, interviews, letters and oral testimonies, this book uncovers the life- or- death struggles of Japanese survivors in pursuit of public recognition as the victims of state violence against women. It is set within a gender history of modern Japan, supplemented by feminist activist methodology premised upon political agency that seeks social justice. The author's analysis draws upon three key concepts: trauma, coherence of the self and integrity. Focusing upon the role of gender and trauma as the nexus between memory construction and identity formation in modern Japan, the author reveals these women's relentless quest for their recovery and the creation of new identities.
This book provides a better understanding of the victims of sexual violence and encourages readers to listen to the voice of trauma, as well as making a significant contribution to the existing research on the ongoing history of sexual violence against women in Japan, the rest of Asia and beyond. It will be of interest to scholars, researchers, activists and all who are concerned about the issue of women's human rights. It provides supplementary reading and research material for history and politics courses relating to Japan and East Asia, memory, identity, trauma, gender, war and feminist activism. This book will also be beneficial to victims of sexual violence as well as the counsellors/ psychologists engaging with them.« (Source: Routledge)

Reviews: Panday,Kanchan. Memory Studies 16(4) (August 2023): 1029-1032. - Full Text: SAGE Publications (Restricted Access)

Wikipedia: History of Asia: History of Japan / Shōwa era | Prostitution: Forced prostitution / Comfort women | Sex and the law: Wartime sexual violence / Wartime sexual violence in World War II | Victimology: Psychological trauma | Japanese war crimes War: Pacific War / Japanese war crimes