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Okinawa and the U.S. Military: Identity Making in the Age of Globalization

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ISBN-13: 088-4382122280
ISBN-10: 0231138903
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The thoroughness of Inoue's scholarship is incontestable... Recommended.


A candid, introspective book... For those versed in anthropology and interested in Okinawa, this is an excellent read.

(Arnold G. Fisch Jr. Army History)

An important addition to the existing studies of the contemporary popular struggle of Okinawa.

(Miyume Tanji The International History Review)

Inoue has provided an inspired and activist ethnographic account of how Okinawa took on the pervasive state interests of both Japan and the United States.

(David Obermiller The Journal of Asian Studies)


Through extended fieldwork in a strategic location-the 'developmental twilight zone' of Henoko-and attention to a spectrum of local groups and individuals (both pro-base and anti-base), Masamichi S. Inoue has produced the most nuanced analysis of new articulations of Okinawan identity that I have yet read. Of equal importance, he places the Okinawa case within the emerging anthropology of military zones and base.

(William Kelly, professor of anthropology, Yale University)

Having read widely on the issue of military bases in Okinawa, I know of no other study that so fully and insightfully explores the conflict between Okinawans, mainly middle-class individuals with secure employment and those whose livelihoods depend on jobs from projects funded by the central government. The author writes from an acutely intimate perspective.

(Steve Rabson, Professor Emeritus of East Asian Studies, Brown University)

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press (April 17, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231138903
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231138901
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,267,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I received my advance copy yesterday and have already sped through this fascinating book. Inoue is a writing genius who tells a harrowing and gripping, yet touching account of Okinawan history. He leaves us with one final mystery: What does the S. in Masamichi S. Inoue really mean?
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