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Building Among the Ruins: Contesting the Space of Everyday Life in Postwar Okinawa

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Nelson, Christopher T.
Conference: Commoners and the Changing Commons: Livelihoods, Environmental Security, and Shared Knowledge, the Fourteenth Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of the Commons
Location: Mt. Fuji, Japan
Conf. Date: June 3-7
Date: 2013
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/8942
Sector: Social Organization
Region: East Asia
Subject(s): military
Abstract: "The notion of the negative commons can be applied easily to the American military bases that Okinawa Prefecture is required to house. My paper will address that problem, but I will also consider another collectively shared burden: that of the guilt and trauma associated with colonial domination, wartime genocide and American occupation. I will consider it as an oppressive weight to be borne by the Okinawan people as well as a resource that allows them to envision and create new possibilities."

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