Right to Kill, Right to Make Live

T. Fujitani

in Race for Empire

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780520262232
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520950368 | DOI:
Right to Kill, Right to Make Live

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This chapter discusses how Foucauldian claims about bio-power and governmentality are relevant to analyzing the understanding of Korean population under the Japanese wartime regime. It argues that the war years were a transitional moment in the passage of Koreans from the outside to the inside of the “Japanese” population, a shift managed by the logics and technologies of bio-power and governmentality. Hence, as the war progressed it became increasingly imperative to disavow racist feelings toward Koreans. And paralleling this passage from the outside to the inside we find a transformation in the type of racist discrimination against Koreans—that is, a movement from an unabashed and exclusionary “vulgar racism” to a new type of inclusionary and “polite racism” that denied itself to be racist even as it operated as such.

Keywords: Michel Foucault; Korean population; Japanese wartime regime; bio-power; governmentality; discrimination; vulgar racism; polite racism

Chapter.  19147 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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