Constructing national identity in a changing world: Perspectives in Japanese education

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This article explores some of the alternative perspectives on national identity which exist within the current Japanese education system. Analysis of official Japanese Ministry of Education policy is juxtaposed with presentation of the voices of junior high school students and pre-service student teachers to highlight the issue of the role of education in developing national identity in schools. It is argued that a wide discrepancy exists between Ministry of Education ideology, and the opinions of Japanese students and student teachers, and that these conflicting discourses raise questions about the definition, form, importance and even the very existence of education for national identity in the twenty-first century.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)453-463
Number of pages11
JournalBritish Journal of Sociology of Education
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science

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