Klaus Yamamoto-Hammering’s writing so far has focused on the violence of state recognition in contemporary Japan, and specifically, on the intersection of this violence with certain social differences which statist discourse would eliminate. As an anthropologist, Yamamoto-Hammering’s writing has taken the form of an ethnographic engagement with: school teachers who refuse to pay homage to imperial symbols of the state; construction workers in the vanishing day laborer district of Tokyo; a handful of “radical” leftists and their cry for revolution; the “internet right-wing” and its hate speech; and “Fukushima.” He is invested in embedding critical theory in his writing, and in the capacity of ethnography to prompt the imagination of social differences where the order of state recognition would foreclose hospitality. During the fall term he will be teaching “Recognition, Shame, and the State in Contemporary Japan.”
EAST 403, ANTH 402
Recognition, Shame, and the State in Contemporary Japan
Exploration of the historical relation between the Japanese state and certain marginalized social groups, specifically the stigma which attaches to some groups and the role of the state in producing these stigmas. Social groups considered include: construction workers or day laborers of postwar recovery; the burakumin or outcaste class; resident foreigners, such as the Chinese and Koreans; Okinawans; Fukushima residents, radical leftists, and World War II comfort women.