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Oh, say, can you see? : the semiotics of the military in Hawaiʻi

Author: Kathy E Ferguson; Phyllis Turnbull
Publisher: Minneapolis, MN : University of Minnesota Press, [1999]
Series: Borderlines (Minneapolis, Minn.), v. 10.
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"Everywhere you look in Hawaiʻi, you might see the military. And yet, in daily life few residents see the military at all -- it is hidden in plain sight. This paradox of invisibility and visibility, of the available and the hidden, is the subject of Oh, Say, Can You See?, which maps the power relations involving gender, race, and class that define Hawaiʻi in relation to the national security state. Western intruders  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
(DLC) 98026195
(OCoLC)39334954
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Kathy E Ferguson; Phyllis Turnbull
ISBN: 9780816688265 0816688265 9781299913295 1299913296
OCLC Number: 858975459
Description: 1 online resource (xviii, 270 pages) : illustrations, maps.
Contents: Traffic in Tropical Bodies --
Looking in the Mirror at Fort DeRussy --
Constructing and Contesting the Frame at Fort DeRussy --
Remembering and Forgetting at Punchbowl National Cemetery --
Seeing as Believing at the Arizona Memorial --
The Pedagogy of Citizenship.
Series Title: Borderlines (Minneapolis, Minn.), v. 10.
Other Titles: Semiotics of the military in Hawaiʻi
Responsibility: Kathy E. Ferguson and Phyllis Turnbull.

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"Everywhere you look in Hawaiʻi, you might see the military. And yet, in daily life few residents see the military at all -- it is hidden in plain sight. This paradox of invisibility and visibility, of the available and the hidden, is the subject of Oh, Say, Can You See?, which maps the power relations involving gender, race, and class that define Hawaiʻi in relation to the national security state. Western intruders into Hawaiʻi -- from the early explorers, missionaries, and sugar planters to the military, tourists, and foreign investors -- have seen the island nation as a feminine place, waiting to embrace those who come to penetrate, protect, mold, and develop, yet conveniently lacking whatever the newcomers claim to possess. Thus feminized, this book contends, the islands and the people have been reinscribed with meanings according to the needs, fears, and desires of outsiders. Authors Kathy E. Ferguson and Phyllis Turnbull locate and "excavate" sites of memory, such as cemeteries, memorials, monuments, and museums, to show how the military constructs its gendered narrative upon prior colonial discourses. Among the sites considered are Fort DeRussy, Pearl Harbor, and Punchbowl Cemetery, as well as the practices of citizenship that are produced or foreclosed by the narratives of order and security written upon Hawaiʻi by the military. This semiotic investigation of ways the military marks Hawaiʻi necessarily explores the intersection of immigration, colonialism, military expansion, and tourism on the islands. Attending to the ways in which the military represents itself and others represent the military, the authors locate the particular representational elements that both conceal and reveal the military's presence and power; in doing so, they seek to expand discursive space so that other voices can be heard."--Provided by publisher.

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