Geographies of self and other: mapping Japan through the Koseki

Chapman, David (2011) Geographies of self and other: mapping Japan through the Koseki. The Asia Pacific Journal, 9 29: 1-10.

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Author Chapman, David
Title Geographies of self and other: mapping Japan through the Koseki
Journal name The Asia Pacific Journal
ISSN 1557-4660
Publication date 2011-07
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 9
Issue 29
Start page 1
End page 10
Total pages 10
Place of publication Japan
Publisher Japan Focus
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This paper traces the social history of the household registration system (koseki seido) in Japan from its beginning to the present day. The paper argues that the koseki has been an essential tool of social control used at various stages in history to facilitate the political needs and priorities of the ruling elite by constructing and policing the boundaries of Japanese self. This self has been mediated through the principles of family as defined by the state and has created diverse marginalised and excluded others. The study includes social unrest and agency of these others in furthering understanding of the role of the koseki in Japanese society. The paper also contributes understanding of nationality and citizenship in contemporary Japan in relation to the koseki.
Keyword Koseki
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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