National Mobilization

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:
National Mobilization

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This chapter analyzes a diverse record of Korean responses to the opportunity and then demand for young men to become Japanese soldiers. It situates this record within the context of the expansion of the late colonial state and closely associated nongovernmental organizations and individuals as they increasingly incorporated the Korean people into the regime of governmentality. Such a regime operated not by physical and brutal force alone, but also through an explosion of bureaucrats, statistics, background checks, and technologies that sought to constitute individuals into self-reflexive subjects who would ideally regulate themselves and make normative choices. In this historical moment individuals within the aggregated colonial population made choices, but under conditions that were not of their own choosing. The chapter considers the various choices they made under such conditions, including those framed by communist and Korean ethnic nationalist ideologies whose rationality paralleled that of the colonial state.

Keywords: Korean men; young men; Japanese soldiers; colonial state; governmentality; army volunteers

Chapter.  25242 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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