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Telescopic mourning/warring in the global village: decomposing (Japanese) authority figures

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One of the symptoms of globalization is an increased tension between friendship and enmity in international and transnational relationships. This dialectic is enacted through a democratic aesthetic of "telescopic mourning/warring." US media representations of US-Japan relations from World War II through the funeral of Emperor Hirohito are examined to identify conventional persuasive devices for enacting telescopic mourning/warring and to consider the implications of this aesthetic for the production of a national imaginary. The essay concludes by arguing that a democratic aesthetic functions best as a rhetoric of ambivalence operating within the tension between "carnival" and "hegemony."

Keywords: Allegory; Carnival; Globalization; Hegemony; International Relations; Rhetoric of War

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: March 1, 2004

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