Deconstructing Japan’s Image of South Korea: Identity in by T. Tamaki

By T. Tamaki

What function does id play in overseas coverage? How may id impression on Japan's relatives with South Korea? This publication takes id theorizing in diplomacy thought a step additional through trying to account for a resilient collective id that informs coverage makers all through time and area.

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6 I borrow from realism in an effort at making a case for the representor of identity representation. This is particularly salient when we need to take seriously the similarities in Japan’s approach to (South) Korea on both sides of August 1945 despite the purported changes in Japan’s superficial identity narratives and the surrounding international environment. This chapter is divided into three sections. The first section recapitulates some of the main discussions on identity representation within the antirealist literature in social theory in order to expose some of their problems.

The statement above seems to mean different things to different people. Compare what it means for the prime minister of Japan and the president of South Korea. If the meanings are inherent in the statement, actors’ roles—whether it be Japanese prime minister or South Korean president—should be redundant. Yet, the possibility of dissonance—for example, the prime minister interpreting the statement to imply Japan’s peaceful intentions in the Asia-Pacific as a symbol of the country’s goodwill; while the president dismissing it as Japan’s whitewashing of history—is real.

The defining nature of poststructuralism and postmodernism lies in its critique of the existing order. Ziauddin Sardar observes that poststructuralism tries to go beyond modernity by contesting meanings that were once thought of as obvious and unproblematic. Poststructuralism reveals that there are multiplicities of meanings, some of which have been subdued, IDENTITY THEORIZING IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS THEORIES 25 while others are privileged,69 seeking to reveal contingencies in meanings, and hence the concept of the political.

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