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Preface ix Note on Translations and Romanizations xvii List of Commonly Used Acronyms and Abbreviations xix Introduction 11. Japan in the 1950s: Symbolic Victims 152. Okinawa, 1945-1952: Allegories of Becoming 383. Okinawa, 1952-1958: Solidarity under the Cover of Darkness 654. Okinawa, 1958-1972: The Subaltern Speaks 885. Okinawa, 1972-1995: Life That Matters 124Conclusion 143Acknowledgments 147 Notes 149 Selected Bibliography 195 Index 211

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Annmaria Shimabuku is Assistant Professor of East Asian Studies at New York University.


"Through an analytic of 'mixed race,' Shimabuku offers an incisive indictment of Japan's middle-class ideology of heteronormativity and racial purity. Provocatively illuminating the recalcitrant possibilities of Okinawan politics and lifeforms beyond law and the State, Alegal must be engaged by everyone concerned with post-1945 Okinawa and fascism in our time." -- Lisa Yoneyama, University of Toronto
"Alegal is an exploration of how the law-and sovereign authority more generally-always exist in relation to an unrecognized and subordinated relationship to an indeterminate other. Shimabuku examines the complex relationship between the United States and Japan as it played out through the racialized and gendered bodies of Okinawa, producing authorities and histories that both occlude and create. While Okinawa may seem at the periphery of two imperial powers, Shimabuku puts it dead center in a brilliant and sharp-eyed account of how zones of alegality are also zones of origin for the law itself." -- James Martel, San Francisco State University
"Utilizing multiple and varied sources, the treatise spotlights numerous issues of interest to scholars specializing in borderland or postcolonial studies." * Choice *

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