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These Islands Are Ours: The Social Construction of Territorial Disputes in Northeast Asia

Alexander Bukh


Territorial disputes are one of the main sources of tension in Northeast Asia. Escalation in such conflicts often stems from a widely shared public perception that the territory in question is of the utmost importance to the nation. Yet that’s frequently not true in economic, military, or political terms. The tiny and remote islets, known as Dokdo in South Korea and Takeshima in Japan, for instance, have no such value. Yet citizens and groups in both countries have mounted sustained campaigns to protect them as the heart of the nation. Similar movements are taking place throughout the region a ... More

Keywords: territorial disputes, Takeshima, Dokdo, Northern Territories, Diaoyutai, Senkaku Islands, Northeast Asia, nationalism, Social Constructivism, non-state actors

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781503611894
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9781503611894.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alexander Bukh, author
Victoria University of Wellington