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Associative Identity Politics: Unmasking the Multi-Layered Formation of Queer Male Selves in 1990s Japan

Katsuhiko Suganuma and Siu-lun Wong

in Contact Moments

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9789888083701
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9789882209053 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789888083701.003.0005
Associative Identity Politics: Unmasking the Multi-Layered Formation of Queer Male Selves in 1990s Japan

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Chapter 5 examines gay men's coming-out narratives expressed in Japanese gay studies texts published in the 1990s. The chapter employs Fran Martin's ‘masking’ trope as a means to read queer male subject formations in the 1990s Japan. By comparatively examining two key Japanese gay coming-out narratives, it sheds light on the complex scenarios functioning beneath the surface of identity politics. The chapter further argues that the notion of ‘masking’ is useful in reading the multiple axes incorporated into queer identity formation in Japan in relation to globalisation.

Keywords: mask; Fran Martin; Fushimi Noriaki; OCCUR; identity politics

Chapter.  10299 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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