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Author: Maki Kimura

Title: Unfolding the 'Comfort Women' Debates

Subtitle: Modernity, Violence, Women's Voices

Place: Basingstoke

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Year: 2016

Pages: 283pp.

Series: Genders and Sexualities in History

ISBN-13: 9781349579839 – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9781137392510 (ebk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century, 21st Century | Asian History: Japanese History | Types: Forced Prostitution / "Comfort Women"; Types: Wartime Rape / Asia-Pacific War



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Author: Maki Kimura, Department of Political Science, University College London


  Acknowledgements (p. vi)
  A Question of History (p. 3)
Part 1   Modernity and the System of 'Comfort Women'
  The Struggle Against Ultra-Nationalism and the Entrapment of Orientalism (p. 29)
  Modernity, Evil and Violence (p. 50)
  The Origin of the 'Comfort Women' System (p. 71)
Part 2   Probing Historical 'Truth'
  Reading the Testimonies (p. 105)
  Listening to Women's Voices (p. 141)
Part 3   The Limits of Representation
  Representation and Its Limits (p. 169)
  Women's Agency: From Social Stigma to Survivor-Activists (p. 193)
  Bearing Witness to Unshareable Pain (p. 215)
  Notes (p. 239)
  Bibliography (p. 250)
  Index (p. 277)

Description: »This study offers a fresh perspective on the 'comfort women' debates. It argues that the system can be understood as the mechanism of the intersectional oppression of gender, race, class and colonialism, while illuminating the importance of testimonies of victim-survivors as the site where women recover and gain their voices and agencies.« (Source: Palgrave Macmillan)

Wikipedia: History of Asia: History of Japan / Shōwa period | Prostitution: Forced prostitution / Comfort women | Types of rape: Wartime sexual violence | War: Pacific War / Japanese war crimes