Coed Revolution

Coed Revolution

The Female Student in the Japanese New Left

Asia-Pacific: Culture, Politics, and Society

by Chelsea Szendi Schieder

Published by: Duke University Press Books

224 pages, 152.00 x 229.00 mm, 18 illustrations

  • ISBN: 9781478011453
  • Published: February 2021


In the 1960s, a new generation of university educated youth in Japan challenged forms of capitalism and the state. In Coed Revolution Chelsea Szendi Schieder recounts the crucial stories of Japanese women's participation in these protest movements led by the New Left throughout the 1960s and early 1970s. Women were involved in contentious politics to an unprecedented degree, but they and their concerns were frequently marginalized by men in the movement and the mass media, and the movement at large is often memorialized as male and masculine. Drawing on stories of individual women, Schieder outlines how the media and their fellow activists portrayed them as icons of vulnerability and victims of violence, making women central to discourses about legitimate forms of postwar political expression. Schieder disentangles the gendered patterns that obscured radical women's voices to construct a feminist genealogy of the Japanese New Left, demonstrating that student activism in 1960s Japan cannot be understood without considering the experiences and representations of these women activists.