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The Worlds of Japanese Popular Culture: Gender, Shifting Boundaries and Global Cultures (Contemporary Japanese Society) Paperback – October 13, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-0521637299 ISBN-10: 0521637295

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Product Details

  • Series: Contemporary Japanese Society
  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (October 13, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521637295
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521637299
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #941,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Sumo, karaoke and Japanese comic-inspired teenage superheroes are part of Western popular culture as well as Japan's, but the contributors to this book show that while globalization may be making Western and Eastern audiences familiar with each other's culture, a great deal is altered in the transfer. Derived mainly from anthropological perspectives, these essays are strong on folkloric continuities, giving rich and subtle readings of a wide range of 'worlds' - how, for instance, the enormous market for magazines, comics and daytime soap operas represents the rapidly changing role of women, or how the cult of the racehorse Oguricap marked the changing status of horseracing from its disreputable, male-dominated past to a respectable leisure activity with female fans ... the contributors write with insight and enthusiasm.' The Times Literary Supplement

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This is a lively discussion of Japanese popular culture from an anthropological perspective. An international team of authors considers a broad range of topics, including sumo, karaoke, manga, women's magazines, soccer and morning television. Through these topics--many of which have never previously been addressed by scholars--the contributors also explore several deeper themes: the construction of gender in Japan; the impact of globalisation and modern consumerism; and the rapidly shifting boundaries of Japanese culture and identity.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Yoriko Hongo on September 30, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book arrived by mistake but ended up being an useful book in my class. I have to be careful with "one click order" that is new in Amazon. When I clicked to order other book this book was ordered by accident.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Anna-Lena on September 29, 2000
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This is an exellent book for the beginner in studies of japanese culture. It deals with different matters such as: sumo, manga/anime, karaoke, horse-racing and womens magazines - all in a scientific but relaxed tone. Maybe you want what bosozoku-driving is??? In short - comprehensive and informative. A must for your bookshelf!!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paige on April 5, 2006
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As an introduction into what "Japanese popular culture" can entail, this is a good book; the articles written may not be as in-depth as wanted or needed, but this is not a book by one scholar alone. It is simply a collection of useful articles, that explore different aspects in Japanese popular culture and act as a sort of "grounding point" for further study.

There are themes of comparative study (American superheroes v. Japanese superheroes) and also themes of changing roles and changing identities (or the converse; that in some popular images, like in manga/comics, the perception that some roles DON'T or SHOULDN'T change).

But for anyone seeking a good introduction, it is a good book and worth having on your bookshelf.
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