Interrogating the periphery: identity, nationality, family registration and the Ogasawara Islanders

Chapman, David (2014) Interrogating the periphery: identity, nationality, family registration and the Ogasawara Islanders. Journal of Comparative Studies in Japanese Culture, 17 11-28.

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Author Chapman, David
Title Interrogating the periphery: identity, nationality, family registration and the Ogasawara Islanders
Translated title 国家の周辺を問う:小笠原諸島民の国籍、戸籍、アイデンティティ
Language of Title jpn
Journal name Journal of Comparative Studies in Japanese Culture
Translated journal name 比較日本文化研究会
Language of Journal Name jpn
ISBN 9784894899179
Publication date 2014-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 17
Start page 11
End page 28
Total pages 18
Place of publication Toyonaka-shi, Osaka, Japan
Publisher 待兼山比較日本文化硏究会
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The Ogasawara Islands of Japan have been a site of colonisation, militarisation and occupation. The islands were first settled by European and Pacific Islanders from 1830 and then colonised by Japan in 1875. In 1944, at the height of World War II, the islands' inhabitants were forced to evacuate to mainland Japan. The islands were under US Navy occupation from 1945 until 1952 and then US Navy administration from 1952 until their return to Japan in 1968. This paper situates the Ogasawara Islands in their historical context and focuses on the descendants of the original settlers and their unique and unusual position within Japanese history and society. The differences embodied in the descendants coupled with over 20 years under the US Navy have had profound effects that are still present within the community even today. Using ethnographic data, the paper explores the composite ways in which this community has been identified and self-identified. The paper theorises the link between space, place and identification and argues that the effects of social, cultural and political changes to the nation-space of the Ogasawara Islands have led to complex and conflicting forms of identification.


Keyword Ogasawara
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes 特集:「日本」「日本人」の境界を問い返す [Special issue: revisiting the boundaries of 'Japan' and 'Japanese']

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