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Associative identity politics: unmasking the multi-layered formation of queer male selves in 1990s Japan

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Suganuma, K, Associative identity politics: unmasking the multi-layered formation of queer male selves in 1990s Japan, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, 8, (4) pp. 485-502. ISSN 1464-9373 (2007) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2007 Taylor & Francis

DOI: doi:10.1080/14649370701567955

Abstract

This paper discusses one way to articulate queer male identity politics in 1990s Japan through Fran Martin’s conceptualization of the ‘mask’ (Martin 2003). By comparatively examining two key Japanese ‘gay’ coming-out narratives, the paper shows how a reading of queer subject formationin the decade through a metaphor of ‘masking’ can shed light on the complex scenarios functioning beneath the surface of identity politics. I argue that the notion of ‘masking’ is useful in reading the multiple axes incorporated into queer identity formation in Japan in the context of globalization. The paper further refutes any reductive claim that queer identity in Japan can be understood in terms of essentialist epistemological binaries, such as global/local, West/non-West, and Japan/abroad.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Queer, gay, Japan, mask, identity, gender, sexuality, globalization, Asia, Orientalism
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Cultural Studies
Research Field:Culture, Gender, Sexuality
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
Author:Suganuma, K (Dr Katsuhiko Suganuma)
ID Code:93407
Year Published:2007
Web of Science® Times Cited:5
Deposited By:Humanities
Deposited On:2014-07-31
Last Modified:2014-08-05
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