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Between modernity and Primitivity: Okinawan identity in relation to Japan and the South Pacific

Barclay, Kate


This article proposes that contemporary ethnic subjectivities are shaped by modernist discourses. Ethnographic material about a group of Okinawan fishermen who worked with Solomon Islanders from 1971 to 2000 is used to explore the effect on national identities of being perceived as modern, or primitive. Okinawa is an island group to the south of Japan that became part of the Japanese Empire in the 1870s. Since then Okinawa has been defined as primitive against modern Japan. Modernist discourse...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2006
Type: Journal article
Source: Nations and Nationalism
DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-8129.2006.00233.x


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