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The Recovery of Activism

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This chapter discusses the three most significant ways in which social movements in Japan have been renewed by freeter activism. It deals with the role of space in freeter activism and seeks to clarify theoretically why alternative spaces of various kinds are considered by activists to have a liberating or empowering function. The chapter illustrates the recovery of protest activism in Japan by discussing the anti-nuclear power movement and its lines of continuity with previous freeter activism. Three significant ways in which freeter activism has renewed activism in Japan are its development of new means of expression, the use of alternative space, and the attempt to reach out to and empower subalterns. One important way in which freeter activism helped renew social movements in Japan was by developing means of expression that allow it to dissociate itself from hegemonic discourses as well as from the legacy of the New Left.

Keywords: alternative space; anti-nuclear power movement; freeter activism; Japan's social movements; New Left; protest activism



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