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Memory as Mediated Action : Collecting Remains in Okinawa in Contemporary Japan


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  • 媒介される行為としての記憶 : 沖縄における遺骨収集の現代的展開
  • バイカイ サレル コウイ ト シテ ノ キオク オキナワ ニ オケル イコツ シュウシュウ ノ ゲンダイテキ テンカイ

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This paper investigates narratives surrounding Ikotsu Shuu shuu (collecting remains) in Okinawa from the perspective of mediated action theory. As James Wertch suggested, collective remembering is to be understood as a mediated action in which an irreducible tension occurs between sociocultural tools and an agent. Okinawa is known as the only battlefield in Japan during World War II, and in the aftermath of war, collecting remains was begun by civilian survivors as a vernacular activity. People in Okinawa are even now still engaged in collective activities. In such activities, by talking about remains, they talk about the socio-cultural positions they are situated in, and who they are.


  • Religion and Society

    Religion and Society 16 (0), 3-31, 2010

    The Japanese Association for the Study of Religion and Society

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