Myles Carroll is a PhD student in the Department of Political Science. His research focuses on the political economy of contemporary Japan in an era of crisis and uncertainty. His research draws on the work of Antonio Gramsci, in particular his concepts of organic crisis, hegemony and historic bloc. Myles uses these theoretical tools to analyze how and why the power of Japan’s ruling regime is being maintained during a period of extended economic stagnation, demographic transformation and ecological crisis, focusing on the roles of liberal economic ideology, patriarchal gender relations and cultural nationalism in ensuring continued legitimacy for Japan’s ruling regime during this historical conjuncture. Myles’s overall research interests include Marxian political economy, Japanese politics, political ecology and feminist theory. Myles will be staying at Seikei University in Tokyo as a visiting researcher beginning October 2017 to conduct fieldwork for his dissertation project.
Keywords: Marxian political economy; Japanese politics; political ecology; feminist theory; Japan