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Unfolding the ‘Comfort Women’ Debates

Modernity, Violence, Women’s Voices

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Part of the Genders and Sexualities in History book series (GSX)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Maki Kimura
      Pages 3-26
  3. Modernity and the System of ‘Comfort Women’

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 27-27
    2. Maki Kimura
      Pages 50-70
  4. Probing Historical ‘Truth’

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
    2. Maki Kimura
      Pages 105-140
    3. Maki Kimura
      Pages 141-166
  5. The Limits of Representation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 167-167
    2. Maki Kimura
      Pages 169-192
    3. Maki Kimura
      Pages 215-238
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 239-283

About this book


This study offers a fresh perspective on the 'comfort women' debates. It argues that the system can be understood as the mechanism of the intersectional oppression of gender, race, class and colonialism, while illuminating the importance of testimonies of victim-survivors as the site where women recover and gain their voices and agencies.


comfort women sexual violence rape modernity Orientalism feminism Second World War colonialism gender history history of literature nationalism Orient violence women

About the authors

Maki Kimura is Teaching Fellow at the Department of Political Science, University College London, and Associate Lecturer at the Open University, UK. She has previously been involved in various projects on racial and gender equalities and has researched and taught wide-ranging issues in gender and politics.

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