Longing for the Other: traitors’ cosmopolitanism
Version of Record online: 3 NOV 2010
© 2010 European Association of Social Anthropologists.
Volume 18, Issue 4, pages 410–416, November 2010
How to Cite
Mitsui, H. (2010), Longing for the Other: traitors’ cosmopolitanism. Social Anthropology, 18: 410–416. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8676.2010.00124.x
- Issue online: 3 NOV 2010
- Version of Record online: 3 NOV 2010
- World War Two;
- contested biographies;
This essay examines the idea of traitorhood and how it contributes to the formation of cosmopolitanism in Japan. Specifically, it traces the biographies of two historical figures from wartime Japan who have been remembered as traitors or heroes at different historical time periods in post-war Japan. Then it discusses the shifting interpretive frames that informed the specific modes of remembering their biographies, demonstrating the processes through which the figure of a cosmopolitan becomes visible and recognisable in a given society.