The ‘abnormal’ state: Identity, norm/exception and Japan

@article{Hagstrm2015TheS,
  title={The ‘abnormal’ state: Identity, norm/exception and Japan},
  author={Linus Hagstr{\"o}m},
  journal={European Journal of International Relations},
  year={2015},
  volume={21},
  pages={122 - 145}
}
  • Linus Hagström
  • Published 2015
  • Sociology, Medicine
  • European Journal of International Relations
The term ‘abnormal’ has frequently been used to describe post-war Japan. Together with the idea that the country will, or should have to, ‘normalise’ its foreign and security policy, it has been reproduced in both academia and Japanese society. Why is Japan branded as ‘abnormal’, and from where does the desire to ‘normalise’ it come? Drawing on a relational concept of identity, and the distinction between norm and exception, this article argues that the ‘abnormality–normalisation nexus’ can be… Expand
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