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The Long Afterlife of Nikkei Wartime Incarceration$
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Karen M. Inouye

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780804795746

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804795746.001.0001

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Knowledge Production as Recasting Experience

Knowledge Production as Recasting Experience

(p.21) One Knowledge Production as Recasting Experience
The Long Afterlife of Nikkei Wartime Incarceration
Karen M. Inouye
Stanford University Press

Chapter One examines the life and work of former inmate and sociologist Tamotsu Shibutani, and how the afterlife of a historical event can develop from a generalized sense of injustice and its costs into a clear topic for scholarly study and political engagement. Though Shibutani had been interested in race relations and social disincorporation long before Executive Order 9066, and had worked for the Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement Study where he gathered ample data for his graduate theses at the University of Chicago, nearly three decades would pass after his release from camp before he began publishing on the complexities of interpersonal experience and social disincorporation. This chapter treats that interval, as well as the work that came after it, as a study in the trajectory of afterlife from lingering memories to explicit analysis, and from personal experience to broad political engagement.

Keywords:   Derelicts of Company K, Improvised News, Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement Study, JERS, Loyalty Questionnaire, participant observation, Tamotsu Shibutani, sociology, Symbolic Interactionism, Dorothy Swaine Thomas

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