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Working Skin – "Making Leather, Making a Multicultural Japan" - California Scholarship Online
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Working Skin: "Making Leather, Making a Multicultural Japan"

Joseph D. Hankins


Japan’s largest minority group, the Buraku people, face discrimination because of associations with stigmatized forms of labor, such as leather and meat production. Over the past several decades, it has become harder to track Buraku people—there are no physical or linguistic markers that make them obviously different from other Japanese people—at the same time that multiculturalism has gained political ground in Japan, increasing the stakes of identifying this group. Working Skin steps into this conundrum to provide an analysis of the contemporary Buraku situation by looking at transformations ... More

Keywords: Japan, multiculturalism, social movements, labor, globalization, sympathy, humanitarianism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780520283282
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520283282.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joseph D. Hankins, author
University of California, San Diego

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Part One Recognizing Buraku Difference

Part Two Choice and Obligation in Contemporary Buraku Politics

Part Three International Standards and the Possibilities of Solidarity

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