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dc.contributor.advisor Khayyat, Munira Yokoyama, Yuichi 2017-09-07T10:41:35Z 2017-09-07T22:00:19Z Fall 2017 en_US 2017-09-07
dc.description.abstract This thesis is my exploration of what the landscape of peace, onto which past relevant actors’ discourses and practices of peace and my interlocutors’ present practices of peace are inscribed, represents and silences, and how my interlocutors, who relate their activities to the concept peace, make sense of the concept peace. In the literature in the field of anthropology of peace, peace has been what is defined by the anthropologists, not by their interlocutors. In other words, the anthropologists’ definitions of peace have silenced their interlocutors’ understandings of peace. This whole thesis was written as a critique of how these anthropologists of peace have silenced their interlocutors’ own understandings of peace. I explored how discourses and practices that actors involved related to the concept peace in the past and my interlocutors’ present practices are inscribed onto the landscape. Hiroshima city has been explicitly designed as a “peace (memorial) city.” Reconstruction of ruined Hiroshima as a “peace (memorial) city” enabled the city government to obtain special subsidies, with which the city government constructed many facilities including the Peace Memorial Park, but at the same time, it oppressed and silenced despondent voices and uncomfortable feelings of many citizens, the majority of whom were A-bomb victims. In the Peace Memorial Park, there are many objects such as buildings, monuments, and A-bombed trees, which were erected or have been preserved by a variety of actors who thought these objects symbolize their hope for peace. Many of the objects in the park represent the master narrative of peace in Hiroshima which links the atomic bombing with the concept peace. In my fieldwork, as a guide, I took my guests to a dozen of the objects in the park in my guided tours. My guided tour, which centered on what the objects in the Peace Memorial Park represent, contributed to the hegemonic narrative of peace, which silences many voices. In a Foucauldian sense, I was formed as a subject of the hegemonic discourse of peace in Hiroshima. With this as a backdrop, I inquired how my interlocutors make sense of the concept peace especially in relation to their activities that they relate to the concept peace. Although they clearly relate their activities to the concept peace, their thoughts on peace are rarely made manifest. The foregrounded concept peace silences their understandings of peace, which differs from one another. Many of my interlocutors’ understandings of peace are counterposed to their understandings of what happened in Hiroshima. en_US
dc.format.extent 169 p. en_US
dc.format.medium theses en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Author retains all rights with regard to copyright. en
dc.subject landscape en_US
dc.subject discourses and practices of peace en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Thesis (M.A.)--American University in Cairo en_US
dc.title Carrying messages of "Peace" to the world: Landscape, discourses, and practices of peace in Hiroshima en_US
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dc.subject.discipline Sociology and Anthropology en_US
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dc.contributor.department American University in Cairo. Dept. of Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, and Egyptology en_US
dc.description.irb American University in Cairo Institutional Review Board approval has been obtained for this item. en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMember Sabea, Hanan
dc.contributor.committeeMember Naono, Akiko

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