Stockholm Seminar on Japan, 13 May 2014
"Let us live! Empowerment and the rhetoric of life in Japanese freeter activism"
By Dr. Carl Cassegård, Associate Professor,
Department of Sociology, University of Gothenburg
2014-05-13 at 15:00
2014-05-13 at 16:30
Sal B, Hus 4, Kräftriket, Stockholm University
Freeter activism represents a startling revival of public protest in Japan. In this talk Dr Cassegård turns to one of its principle embodiments, the so-called precarity movement. He discusses its roots in the activist circles of the 1990s and shows how it builds on their legacy while simultaneously transforming it. These transformations have not only helped the precarity movement open up new forms of participation for young people disillusioned by older forms of radicalism, but also paved the way for other movements that have developed in recent years, such as the anti-nuclear protests following the 2011 Fukushima disaster.
Carl Cassegård is Associate professor of sociology at the Department of Sociology, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. He has lived in Kyoto for six years and is currently researching the Japanese environmental movements. He is the author of Youth Movements, Trauma and Alternative Space in Contemporary Japan (Global Oriental, 2013) and Shock and Naturalization in Contemporary Japanese Literature (Global Oriental, 2007).