• The Limits Of Multiculturalism In Japan: In Defense Of Interculturalism And Nomadic Assemblage

    Author(s):
    Rafael Munia (see profile)
    Date:
    2015
    Subject(s):
    Intercultural communication, Japanese culture, Japanese studies, Multicultural education, Youth subculture
    Item Type:
    Article
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6JD07
    Abstract:
    As part of a global trend, Japan seems to begin embracing the discourse of multiculturalism in what could be taken as a departure from the ideology of homogeneity. However, looking closer at the Japanese case, we can see the waysit has promoted the same hegemonic ideology of homogeneity with a post-modern veil of tolerance. Thus, what could serve as a subversion to the rigid and essentialized notion of national identity in Japan isneutralized under the discourse of tolerance without any need for anti-immigration policies, as Japan seems to move from a disciplinary society to a society of control characteristic of the neo-liberal countries. Throughout this article it is argued that the symbolic misery instituted through the schools’ curriculums, together with a culture of tolerance, acts in ways to prevent any creative interaction with difference, further solidifying rigid notions of Japaneseness and neutralizing possible nomadic assemblages to take place.
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