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:
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.
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).
Addressing the transition from post-war to post-disaster literature, this book examines the rise of precarity consciousness in Japanese socio-cultural discourse. The chapters investigate the extent to which we can talk about the emergence of a new literary paradigm of precarity in the world of Japanese popular culture. Through careful examination of a variety of contemporary texts ranging from literature, manga, anime, television drama and film this study offers an interpretation of the many dissonant voices in Japanese society. The contributors also outline the related social issues in Japanese society and culture, providing a comprehensive overview of the global trends that link Japan with the rest of the world.
Visions of Precarity in Japanese Popular Culture and Literaturewill be of great interest to students and scholars of contemporary Japan, Japanese culture and society, popular culture and social and cultural history.
• How do we go about studying Japan?
• What are the connections between popular culture and wider Japanese society?
• How are core values about identity formed and what are their implications?
• How does Japan react to natural and manmade disasters?
• How does nature influence Japanese attitudes to the environment?
With exercises and discussion points throughout and suggestions for further reading, Japan: The Basics is an ideal starting point for all those studying Japan in its global, cultural context.