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Geographies of Identity in Nineteenth-Century Japan
In this pioneering study, David L. Howell looks beneath the surface structures of the Japanese state to reveal the mechanism by which markers of polity, status, and civilization came together over the divide of the Meiji Restoration of 1868. Howell illustrates how a short roster of malleable, explicitly superficial customs—hairstyle, clothing, and personal names— served to ...more
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David Howell looks at the ways in which identity--that is how the Japanese state defined people--changed from the pre-modern Tokugawa Shogunate to the modern Meiji era. I find the idea of "geographies" of identity interesting, although I think he could have elucidated the concept a bit more.