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Title: The Gentle Way to Docility
Authors: Roberts, Jonathan
Advisor: Kawashima, Ken
Department: East Asian Studies
Keywords: judo
Kano Jigoro
modern history
docile bodies
moral education
Issue Date: 15-Feb-2010
Abstract: In 1931, judo became a compulsory subject in middle schools throughout Japan, over forty-years after Kanō Jigorō, judo's founder, had initially recommended it to government officials as something which should be included in the schools across the country. While this simple change in middle school curriculum may seem insignificant, it was in fact a watershed marking a new stage of the creation of an able and disciplined populace in Japan. This thesis will explain the significance of the inclusion of judo in schools by investigating the history of judo up to the point of its inclusion in schools, exploring the rhetoric of judo in terms of a larger discourse on "moral education" which was prevalent during the times, and finally an analysis of school judo—in terms of its physical practice as well as the ideology and rhetoric behind it—using the Foucauldian concept of "docile bodies."
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/18846
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