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Like No Other: Exceptionalism and Nativism in Early Modern Japan

Mark Thomas McNally


The paradigmatic connection between Kokugaku and nativism is misleading and even wrong. In the humanities and the social sciences, nativism either describes anti-immigrant political movements or reactions to colonial domination, and neither of these is relevant to the case of Kokugaku. Instead, ideas and events associated with sonnō-jō’i conform more closely to how the historiographical category of nativism is used outside of Japanese studies. At the same time, one of the salient characteristics of Kokugaku, the assertion of Japanese superiority, is reminiscent of what Americanists call except ... More

Keywords: Japan, exceptionalism, nativism, Kokugaku, Confucianism, sonnō-jō’i, Mitogaku, Shinto, emics/etics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780824852849
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824852849.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Thomas McNally, author
University of Hawai'i at Manoa