Christopher Pope

Chris G. Pope

Email: ega07cgp@sheffield.ac.uk

Thesis Title: Bringing back ‘Japan’: Prime minister Abe’s political rhetoric in critical perspective.
Academic Supervisors: Prof Glenn D. Hook and Dr Lily Chen.

Academic Background

BA (Dual honours) in Linguistics and Japanese at the University of Sheffield, 2007-2011.
Exchange Student at Kobe University, 2009-2010.

MSc in Evolution of Language and Cognition at the University of Edinburgh, 2011-2012.

Ph.D. (submitted) at the School of East Asian Studies, University of Sheffield, 2013-
Visiting research fellow (for Ph.D. field work) at Waseda University, 2014-2015.

Research Project

Thesis Title: Bringing back ‘Japan’: Prime minister Abe’s political rhetoric in critical perspective.
Academic Supervisors: Professor Glenn D. Hook and Doctor Lily Chen.

The thesis constitutes a holistic analysis of prime minister of Japan Shinzō Abe’s political rhetoric, adopting a critical realist approach in order to elucidate the ways in which the prime minister sought to legitimate social and political change during his tenure.

The research methodology is mixed-methods deriving recurrent patterns in Abe’s speeches through quantitative methods and then ‘honing-in’ on salient areas of discourse through qualitative means.

The thesis argues that Abe relies on depoliticization to legitimate change, with his rhetoric largely consistent with neoliberal doctrines. However, in doing so, Abe is able to push forward an agenda of military and economic empowerment to increase the state’s regional and international influence, an agenda underpinned by a neonationalist ideology.

And, with great trial and endeavour, the thesis has now been submitted.

Research Activity

Conference presentations

  • Sapporo Japan: Hokudai TLLP Event, Jul 2014 - Presented
  • Sapporo Japan: Hokudai TLLP Study Week, Sep 2014 – Presented
  • Tokyo Japan: Environmental discourses in Asia-Pacific workshop, part one Mar 2015 – Presented
  • Tokyo Japan: Environmental discourses in Asia-Pacific workshop, part two Nov 2015 - Presented
  • Tokyo Japan: Research design and practice in Transnational and Global Studies – Presented
  • Sheffield UK: One Asia Foundation 2016 – Presented
  • Tasmania Australia: Transnational and Cross-Border Environmental Discourses in the Asia-Pacific 2016 – Attended (But presented in workshop to PhD students and staff the day before)

Published Articles

Pope, Chris G. (forthcoming), ‘Visions of a super smart society: Risk management and responsibility as adaptation,’ in Glenn D. Hook, Libby Lester, Meng Ji, Kingsley Edney, Chris G. Pope, and Luli van der Does-Ishikawa (Eds). Environmental pollution and the media: Political discourses of risk and responsibility in Australia, China and Japan. Oxon: Routledge.

Funding and Awards

Economic and Social Research Council Scholarship, 2013-2016