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Empire of Hope: The Sentimental Politics of Japanese Decline

David Leheny


How do emotions become meaningful in public life? Closely examining key episodes in Japanese politics, Empire of Hope examines the varied roles that feelings play in contemporary politics. They construct the boundaries of the national body, they inform and discipline appropriate expression, and they depoliticize messy problems that could quickly produce divisive questions about winners and losers. And most important, they work because they appear to be so natural: the simple and expected expression of how the nation shares feelings, even when they paper over the extraordinary divergence in how ... More

Keywords: Japan, Affect Theory, Narrative, National Identity, International Relations, Politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781501729072
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501729072.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Leheny, author
Waseda University