Introducing Japanese Popular Culture

Routledge
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Specifically designed for use on a range of undergraduate and graduate courses, Introducing Japanese Popular Culture is a comprehensive textbook offering an up-to-date overview of a wide variety of media forms. It uses particular case studies as a way into examining the broader themes in Japanese culture and provides a thorough analysis of the historical and contemporary trends that have shaped artistic production, as well as, politics, society, and economics. As a result, more than being a time capsule of influential trends, this book teaches enduring lessons about how popular culture reflects the societies that produce and consume it.

With contributions from an international team of scholars, representing a range of disciplines from history and anthropology to art history and media studies, the book’s sections include:

  • Television
  • Videogames
  • Music
  • Popular Cinema
  • Anime
  • Manga
  • Popular Literature
  • Fashion
  • Contemporary Art

Written in an accessible style by a stellar line-up of international contributors, this textbook will be essential reading for students of Japanese culture and society, Asian media and popular culture, and Asian Studies in general.

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About the author

Alisa Freedman is an Associate Professor at the University of Oregon and Editor-in-Chief of U.S.–Japan Women’s Journal. Her publications include Tokyo in Transit: Japanese Culture on the Rails and Road (2010).

Toby Slade is an Associate Professor at the University of Tokyo. His publications include Japanese Fashion: A Cultural History (2009).

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Publisher
Routledge
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Published on
Jan 2, 2018
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Pages
550
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ISBN
9781317528937
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Language
English
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Genres
Social Science / Popular Culture
Social Science / Regional Studies
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