Get 20M+ Full-Text Papers For Less Than $1.50/day. Start a 14-Day Trial for You and Your Team.

Learn More →

Alegal: Biopolitics and the Unintelligibility of Okinawan Life by Annmaria M. Shimabuku (review)

Alegal: Biopolitics and the Unintelligibility of Okinawan Life by Annmaria M. Shimabuku (review) Review Section 439 Alegal: Biopolitics and the Unintelligibility of Okinawan Life. By Ann- maria M. Shimabuku. Fordham University Press, New York, 2019. xx, 219 pages. $95.00, cloth; $28.00, paper; $27.99, E-book. Reviewed by Masamichi Inoue University of Kentucky Annmaria M. Shimabuku’s Alegal: Biopolitics and the Unintelligibility of Okinawan Life explores forms of agency in postwar Okinawa consti- tuted at the margin of “a network of racialized territorial sovereignties [i.e., the United States and Japan] across the Asia-Pacifi c” (p. 6) by examining, among other issues, conditions in entertainment districts around U.S. bases. In the process, the book perceptively problematizes Japan as a “biopolitical state”—a state that controls life through “[t]he reproduction, management, and commodifi cation of labor power” (p. 9)—where patriarchal norms of monoethnicity have been promoted, according to Shimabuku’s analysis, through the formation of the Japanese middle class from the prewar through postwar periods. The author’s explorations are theoretically informed by a number of critical concepts. Central among these is the “alegal,” defi ned as “a form of life that exists in a condition of unintelligibility to the biopoliti- cal state” (p. 12). In the introduction, the ideas of alegal and biopolitical state are laid out against the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of Japanese Studies Society for Japanese Studies

Alegal: Biopolitics and the Unintelligibility of Okinawan Life by Annmaria M. Shimabuku (review)

The Journal of Japanese Studies , Volume 46 (2) – Aug 6, 2020

Loading next page...
 
/lp/society-for-japanese-studies/alegal-biopolitics-and-the-unintelligibility-of-okinawan-life-by-4jstdviNX9
Publisher
Society for Japanese Studies
Copyright
Copyright © Society for Japanese Studies.
ISSN
1549-4721

Abstract

Review Section 439 Alegal: Biopolitics and the Unintelligibility of Okinawan Life. By Ann- maria M. Shimabuku. Fordham University Press, New York, 2019. xx, 219 pages. $95.00, cloth; $28.00, paper; $27.99, E-book. Reviewed by Masamichi Inoue University of Kentucky Annmaria M. Shimabuku’s Alegal: Biopolitics and the Unintelligibility of Okinawan Life explores forms of agency in postwar Okinawa consti- tuted at the margin of “a network of racialized territorial sovereignties [i.e., the United States and Japan] across the Asia-Pacifi c” (p. 6) by examining, among other issues, conditions in entertainment districts around U.S. bases. In the process, the book perceptively problematizes Japan as a “biopolitical state”—a state that controls life through “[t]he reproduction, management, and commodifi cation of labor power” (p. 9)—where patriarchal norms of monoethnicity have been promoted, according to Shimabuku’s analysis, through the formation of the Japanese middle class from the prewar through postwar periods. The author’s explorations are theoretically informed by a number of critical concepts. Central among these is the “alegal,” defi ned as “a form of life that exists in a condition of unintelligibility to the biopoliti- cal state” (p. 12). In the introduction, the ideas of alegal and biopolitical state are laid out against the

Journal

The Journal of Japanese StudiesSociety for Japanese Studies

Published: Aug 6, 2020

There are no references for this article.

You’re reading a free preview. Subscribe to read the entire article.


DeepDyve is your
personal research library

It’s your single place to instantly
discover and read the research
that matters to you.

Enjoy affordable access to
over 18 million articles from more than
15,000 peer-reviewed journals.

All for just $49/month

Explore the DeepDyve Library

Search

Query the DeepDyve database, plus search all of PubMed and Google Scholar seamlessly

Organize

Save any article or search result from DeepDyve, PubMed, and Google Scholar... all in one place.

Access

Get unlimited, online access to over 18 million full-text articles from more than 15,000 scientific journals.

Your journals are on DeepDyve

Read from thousands of the leading scholarly journals from SpringerNature, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford University Press and more.

All the latest content is available, no embargo periods.

See the journals in your area

DeepDyve

Freelancer

DeepDyve

Pro

Price

FREE

$49/month
$499/year

Save searches from
Google Scholar,
PubMed

Create folders to
organize your research

Export folders, citations

Read DeepDyve articles

Abstract access only

Unlimited access to over
18 million full-text articles

Print

20 pages / month