The Proletarian Gamble

In The Proletarian Gamble, Ken C. Kawashima maintains that contingent labor is a defining characteristic of capitalist commodity economies.

The Proletarian Gamble

Author: Ken C. Kawashima

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 0822392291

Page: 308

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Koreans constituted the largest colonial labor force in imperial Japan during the 1920s and 1930s. Caught between the Scylla of agricultural destitution in Korea and the Charybdis of industrial depression in Japan, migrant Korean peasants arrived on Japanese soil amid extreme instability in the labor and housing markets. In The Proletarian Gamble, Ken C. Kawashima maintains that contingent labor is a defining characteristic of capitalist commodity economies. He scrutinizes how the labor power of Korean workers in Japan was commodified, and how these workers both fought against the racist and contingent conditions of exchange and combated institutionalized racism. Kawashima draws on previously unseen archival materials from interwar Japan as he describes how Korean migrants struggled against various recruitment practices, unfair and discriminatory wages, sudden firings, racist housing practices, and excessive bureaucratic red tape. Demonstrating that there was no single Korean “minority,” he reveals how Koreans exploited fellow Koreans and how the stratification of their communities worked to the advantage of state and capital. However, Kawashima also describes how, when migrant workers did organize—as when they became involved in Rōsō (the largest Korean communist labor union in Japan) and in Zenkyō (the Japanese communist labor union)—their diverse struggles were united toward a common goal. In The Proletarian Gamble, his analysis of the Korean migrant workers' experiences opens into a much broader rethinking of the fundamental nature of capitalist commodity economies and the analytical categories of the proletariat, surplus populations, commodification, and state power.

Recasting Red Culture in Proletarian Japan

The various acronyms used to refer to the various proletarian arts associations in
Japan and colonial Korea can be ... Ken C. Kawashima, The Proletarian Gamble:
Korean Workers in Interwar Japan (Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, ...

Recasting Red Culture in Proletarian Japan

Author: Samuel Perry

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

ISBN: 0824840224

Page: 248

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Recasting Red Culture turns a critical eye on the influential proletarian cultural movement that flourished in 1920s and 1930s Japan. This was a diverse, cosmopolitan, and highly contested moment in Japanese history when notions of political egalitarianism were being translated into cultural practices specific to the Japanese experience. Both a political and historiographical intervention, the book offers a fascinating account of the passions—and antinomies—that animated one of the most admirable intellectual and cultural movements of Japan’s twentieth century, and argues that proletarian literature, cultural workers, and institutions fundamentally enrich our understanding of Japanese culture. What sustained the proletarian movement’s faith in the idea that art and literature were indispensable to the task of revolution? How did the movement manage to enlist artists, teachers, and scientist into its ranks, and what sorts of contradictions arose in the merging of working-class and bourgeois cultures? Recasting Red Culture asks these and other questions as it historicizes proletarian Japan at the intersection of bourgeois aesthetics, radical politics, and a flourishing modern print culture. Drawing parallels with the experiences of European revolutionaries, the book vividly details how cultural activists “recast” forms of modern culture into practices commensurate with the goals of revolution. Weaving over a dozen translated fairytales, poems, and short stories into his narrative, Samuel Perry offers a fundamentally new approach to studying revolutionary culture. By examining the margins of the proletarian cultural movement, Perry effectively redefines its center as he closely reads and historicizes proletarian children’s culture, avant-garde “wall fiction,” and a literature that bears witness to Japan’s fraught relationship with its Korean colony. Along the way, he shows how proletarian culture opened up new critical spaces in the intersections of class, popular culture, childhood, gender, and ethnicity.

Proletarian and Gendered Mass Migrations

Kawashima, Ken C. The Proletarian Gamble: Korean Workers in Interwar Japan.
Durham: Duke University Press, 2009. Kawashima, Kumiko. “Japanese Working
Holiday Makers in Australia and their Return to the Japanese Labour Market: ...

Proletarian and Gendered Mass Migrations

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Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004251383

Page: 584

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Proletarian and Gendered Mass Migrations connects the 19th- proletarian and the 20th-and 21st-century domestics and caregiver labor migrations and migration systems in global transcultural perspective. It integrates male and female migrations and employs a systems approach with human agency perspectives.

Glorify the Empire

See Ken Kawashima, The Proletarian Gamble: Korean Workers in Interwar
Japan (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2009). However, in Japan, many
recent reprints of original proletarian texts have been issued by such left-oriented
centres ...

Glorify the Empire

Author: Annika A. Culver

Publisher: UBC Press

ISBN: 0774824387

Page: 284

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In the 1930s and ’40s, Japanese rulers in Manchukuo enlisted writers and artists to promote imperial Japan’s modernization program. Ironically, the cultural producers chosen to spread the imperialist message were previously left-wing politically. In Glorify the Empire, Annika A. Culver explores how these once anti-imperialist intellectuals produced avant-garde works celebrating the modernity of a fascist state and reflecting a complicated picture of complicity with, and ambivalence toward, Japan’s utopian project. A groundbreaking work, Glorify the Empire magnifies the intersection between politics and art in a rarely examined period of Japanese history.

Placing Empire

Sakai Toshio, Osaka City Bureau of Labor, quoted in Kawashima, The
Proletarian Gamble, 47. 90. Akimori, Chōsen shokan, 6. 91. While Maruyama
Hiroshi points out that the heyday of national park designation in Japan and
around the world ...

Placing Empire

Author: Kate McDonald

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520967232

Page: 272

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A free ebook version of this title is available through Luminos, University of California Press’s Open Access publishing program. Visit www.luminosoa.org to learn more. Placing Empire examines the spatial politics of Japanese imperialism through a study of Japanese travel and tourism to Korea, Manchuria, and Taiwan between the late nineteenth century and the early 1950s. In a departure from standard histories of Japan, this book shows how debates over the role of colonized lands reshaped the social and spatial imaginary of the modern Japanese nation and how, in turn, this sociospatial imaginary affected the ways in which colonial difference was conceptualized and enacted. The book thus illuminates how ideas of place became central to the production of new forms of colonial hierarchy as empires around the globe transitioned from an era of territorial acquisition to one of territorial maintenance.

New Left Review

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The Psychodynamics and Psychology of Gambling

Ethnic minorities will be more likely to gamble and develop gambling problems
than those in the predominant ethnic ... Gambling is just another means through
which the bourgeois ruling class continues to exploit the proletarian masses.

The Psychodynamics and Psychology of Gambling

Author: Mikal J. Aasved

Publisher: Charles C Thomas Pub Limited

ISBN: 9780398072773

Page: 255

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The Okinawan Diaspora in Japan

Ken C. Kawashima , The Proletarian Gamble : Korean Workers in Interwar Japan
( Durham , NC : Duke University Press , 2009 ) , 2 . 15. Ibid . , 99 . 16. Ibid . , 106 .
17. See Kashiwazaki Chikako , “ The Politics of Legal Status : The Equation of ...

The Okinawan Diaspora in Japan

Author: Steve Rabson

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

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Page: 312

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This book is a very readable narrative history of Okinawans in Japan, the first English-language book to cover that territory. Based on interviews, memoirs and other literature, oral histories, and survey responses, and engaging with important elements of the huge body of Japanese scholarship on Okinawa, this book offers a historical narrative interwoven with first-person accounts either translated or collected by the author.

South Koreans in the Debt Crisis

The Proletarian Gamble : Korean Workers in Interwar Japan . Durham : Duke
University Press . Kim , Byung - kook . 2000 . “ The Politics of Crisis and a Crisis
of Politics : The Presidency of Kim Dae - Jung . ” In Korea Briefing 1997 - 1999 ,
ed .

South Koreans in the Debt Crisis

Author: Jesook Song

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

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Page: 201

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DIVExamines the rise of neoliberal social welfare policy in South Korea during the period of the Asian Debt Crisis, the ultimate consequences of which include the reinforcing of traditional gender roles./div

Mobile Subjects

9 For a recent treatment of the experience of the migrant Korean community in
interwar Japan , see Ken Kawashima , The Proletarian Gamble : Korean Workers
in Interwar Japan ( Durham : Duke University Press , 2009 ) . 10 Tazawa Shingo
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Mobile Subjects

Author: Wen-Hsin Yeh

Publisher: Institute of East Asian Studies University of California - B

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Page: 231

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By drawing attention to mobility in subjectivity - to the contested nature of subjectivity in the processes of mobility - this volume seeks to connect the experiences of the Korean diaspora with those of the homeland, thereby enriching an understanding of Korean nationalism from its flip side.

The Proletarian Revolution in Russia

As prediction is here absolutely impossible, all efforts in this direction would be a
mere gamble. 7. The negotiation of the Brest-Litovsk Treaty has shown that the
military party has gained the upper hand in the German Government, and that
this ...

The Proletarian Revolution in Russia

Author: Vladimir Ilʹich Lenin

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Page: 453

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Survey of China Mainland Press

He sanipulates certain organizations to proceed with his political gamble . ...
vanguard opposing Premier Chou in the foreign affairs department and is the
chief culprit in the foreign affairs system bombarding the proletarian headquarters
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Survey of China Mainland Press

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Survey of People s Republic of China Press

He was like a gambler with bloodshot eyes because of his losses , and he was
prepared to use the blood of the proletarian fighters for his political gamble . In
his view , " courage " had to be extorted with the threat of " death . " Because they
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Survey of People s Republic of China

He was like a gambler with bloodshot eyes because of his losses, and he was
prepared to use the blood of the proletarian fighters for his political gamble. In his
view, "courage" had to be extorted with the threat of "death." Because they were ...

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Books for Burning

This is the proletarian foundation that turns the contradiction into the basis for a
further leap forward , that turns organization into a powerful weapon , built by our
strength ... The crisis is a risk , a gamble by the working class and the proletariat .

Books for Burning

Author: Antonio Negri

Publisher: Verso

ISBN: 9781844670345

Page: 299

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Subversive political writings by the acclaimed author of Empire.

Barbarism and Civilization

Revising classic Marxist theory, which predicated the success of a proletarian
revolution on a lengthy phase of ... Grigory Zinoviev and Lev Kamenev, opposed
immediate action which, they argued, would be 'to gamble not only the fate of our
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Barbarism and Civilization

Author: Bernard Wasserstein

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191622516

Page: 928

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The twentieth century in Europe witnessed some of the most brutish episodes in history. Yet it also saw incontestable improvements in the conditions of existence for most inhabitants of the continent - from rising living standards and dramatically increased life expectancy, to the virtual elimination of illiteracy, and the advance of women, ethnic minorities, and homosexuals to greater equality of respect and opportunity. It was a century of barbarism and civilization, of cruelty and tenderness, of technological achievement and environmental spoliation, of imperial expansion and withdrawal, of authoritarian repression - and of individualism resurgent. Covering everything from war and politics to social, cultural, and economic change, Barbarism and Civilization is by turns grim, humorous, surprising, and enlightening: a window on the century we have left behind and the earliest years of its troubled successor.

Daily Report

... spreading or manufacturing obscene articles , and gathering the masses to
gamble , accounting for 99.4 percent of the total ... The reformthrough - labor
institutions constitute an important component part of the apparatus of the
proletarian ...

Daily Report

Author: United States. Foreign Broadcast Information Service

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