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Japanese Cinema Goes GlobalFilmworkers' Journeys$
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Yoshiharu Tezuka

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9789888083329

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888083329.001.0001

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Japanese National Identity and “Banal” Cosmopolitalization

Japanese National Identity and “Banal” Cosmopolitalization

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(p.9) Chapter One Japanese National Identity and “Banal” Cosmopolitalization
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Japanese Cinema Goes Global
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Yoshiharu Tezuka

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888083329.003.0002

The aftermath of World War II helped bring the Japanese film and media industry onto the world stage, through the internationalization of Japanese cinema in the 1950s and the globalization of Japanese film finance in the 1990s. The process of globalization changed the material and discursive conditions that had underlined the essentialist discourse of Japanese cultural uniqueness and identity. As Japanese film workers became linked to transnational networks, they began to project cosmopolitan views in which Japan was no longer a distinct exception to Western universalism. This chapter maps the theoretical terrain of emergent cosmopolitanism and collective identities in relation to dominant social power.

Keywords:   identity, crisis, reformation, subjectivity, cosmopolitan views, social power

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