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Sakai Magura: Activist Girl of Early Twentieth-Century Japan


Hartley, B, Sakai Magura: Activist Girl of Early Twentieth-Century Japan, Girlhood Studies, 13, (2) pp. 103-118. ISSN 1938-8209 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.3167/ghs.2020.130209


In this article, I profile the activism of 18-year-old Sakai Magara (1903-1985). I focus in particular on her role in the Sekirankai (Red Wave Society), which was a short-lived women's political organization formed in April 1921 and aligned directly with socialist and anti-capitalist worker issues. My discussion draws on three principal sources: contemporaneous accounts of the Society; writings by women with whom Magara collaborated; and the words of Magara herself. I pay attention to Magara's contribution to Sekirankai, the influences on the development of her activism, and the barriers to political participation by girls and women in Japan.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:feminist history, May day, political organization, radicalism, Red Wave Society ,Sakai Toshihiko Shojo Socialism
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Literary studies
Research Field:Literature in Japanese
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Understanding past societies
Objective Field:Understanding Asia's past
UTAS Author:Hartley, B (Dr Barbara Hartley)
ID Code:155378
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Office of the School of Humanities
Deposited On:2023-02-17
Last Modified:2023-02-17

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