Kyoko Tominaga

Associate Professor, Collage of Social Sciences, Ritsumeikan University *Profile is at the time of the award.

2022Inamori Research GrantsHumanities & Sociology

Research topics
Ridicule, cynicism and attacks on the claims for social rights: a corpus analysis of journal articles and retrospective narratives
This research aims to clarify why cynicism, ridicule and attacks on various social movements have arisen in contemporary Japan. This study analyses the discourse of ridicule and aggression directed against new social movements such as feminism, consumer and student movements in the 1970s and 1980s, a period during which the political interests of young people were significantly reduced in Japanese society.


When I talk about the Japanese people's avoidance of social movements, I am met with the response, "The student movement of the 1960s had an impact on ......," or "Maybe it's because of education." The response is, "I don't know what to do. Perhaps they are not mistaken, but they are only a "vague feeling," and I feel the difficulty of capturing this "vague" feeling on a daily basis.

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