Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/2440/58897
Type: Journal article
Title: The replication and excess of disciplinary power in Sekigun and Aum Shinrikyo - A Foucaultian approach
Author: Eate, P.
Citation: New Voices, 2008; 2:153-178
Publisher: The Japan Foundation
Issue Date: 2008
ISSN: 1833-5233
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Philip N. Eate
Abstract: This article aims to explain why both the left wing extremist group Sekigun (Red Army) and the new religious sect Aum Shinrikyo (The Supreme Truth of Aum) adopted violent and deadly forms of disciplinary power in their pursuit of an idealistic society. The approach in this article differs from the existing literature in that it is mainly concerned with why both groups failed to provide a more preferable alternative to the existing state structure and finally internalised their violence, torturing their own members. Foucaultian theory will be utilised in order to analyse the role that hierarchy and hierarchical surveillance played in re-enforcing the harsh discipline and training methods used by both groups. In this approach this article will show that despite the efforts of both Sekigun and Aum Shinrikyo to create the antithesis to everything they rejected within Japanese society they each paradoxically reproduced and magnified within their own social organisations the least desirable societal traits of elitism, exclusivity and conformity using the most extreme disciplinary measures to do so.
Keywords: Sekigun; Aum Shinrikyo; Foucault; Discipline; Surveillance
Rights: Privacy & Copyright © The Japan Foundation, Sydney
RMID: 0020097345
Published version: http://www.jpf.org.au/newvoices/vol2.html
Appears in Collections:Asian Studies publications

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