Japanese National Identity and “Banal” Cosmopolitalization

Yoshiharu Tezuka

in Japanese Cinema Goes Global

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9789888083329
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9789882209282 | DOI:
Japanese National Identity and “Banal” Cosmopolitalization

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The aftermath of World War II helped bring the Japanese film and media industry onto the world stage, through the internationalization of Japanese cinema in the 1950s and the globalization of Japanese film finance in the 1990s. The process of globalization changed the material and discursive conditions that had underlined the essentialist discourse of Japanese cultural uniqueness and identity. As Japanese film workers became linked to transnational networks, they began to project cosmopolitan views in which Japan was no longer a distinct exception to Western universalism. This chapter maps the theoretical terrain of emergent cosmopolitanism and collective identities in relation to dominant social power.

Keywords: identity; crisis; reformation; subjectivity; cosmopolitan views; social power

Chapter.  5792 words. 

Subjects: Film

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