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The Long Defeat: Cultural Trauma, Memory, and Identity in Japan

Akiko Hashimoto


How do memories of national trauma remain relevant to culture and society long after the event? Why do the memories of difficult experiences endure, and even intensify, despite people’s impulse to avoid remembering a dreadful past and to move on? This book explores these questions by examining Japan’s culture of defeat up to the present day. It surveys the stakes of war memory in Japan after its defeat in World War II and shows how and why defeat has become an indelible part of national collective life, especially in recent decades. Drawing on ethnographic observations and personal interviews ... More

Keywords: culture of defeat, cultural trauma, war memory, collective memory, cultural memory, national identity, Japan, narratives, post–World War II, Japan’s history problem

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780190239152
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190239152.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Akiko Hashimoto, author
Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Pittsburgh