Pop culture and the everyday in Japan : sociological perspectives / edited by Katsuya Minamida and Izumi Tsuji ; translated by Leonie R. Stickland.

Melbourne : Trans Pacific Press ; Portland, Oregon : International Specialized Book Services [distributor], 2012.
xxii, 299 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Japanese society series
Japanese society series, 1443-9670

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Standardized Title:
Bunka shakaigaku no shiza. English.
Popular culture -- Japan.
Mass media -- Social aspects -- Japan.
Japan -- Social life and customs.
Manners and customs.
Mass media -- Social aspects.
Popular culture.
Translated from the Japanese.
Diverse facets of Japan's popular culture, from J-rock, manga and street fashion to virtual idols, have stimulated lively debate within and beyond its borders, though not without bias. This volume, by contrast, subjects numerous aspects of contemporary Japanese culture to sociological analysis, both positively and empirically, as an avenue for gaining an overall picture of Japanese society. Its thirteen chapters address such issues as addictive media culture, provincial and generational culture, parent child friendship, youth labour, and what it means to be 'Japanese.'
Preface : what is the appeal of the sociology of culture? / Katsuya Minamida and Izumi Tsuji
Introduction : the scope of the sociology of culture / Katsuya Minamida and Izumi Tsuji
Perspectives on media-and-group culture : from an empirical/critical approach to a multi-method approach / Izumi Tsuji
Perspectives on expressive culture : what do cultural works give people, and how do they link people together? / Katsuya Minamida
Perspectives on the culture of generations and life-phases : the quantitative approach and qualitative approach / Daisuke Tsuji
Why do people become addicted to mobile phones? : the sociology of email communication / Kensuke Suzuki
How has the style of television viewing changed? : the active receiver and the transformation of the subversive riposte / Keiichi Nabe
Where is differentiated communication heading? : through analysis of the readers' column in the fashion magazine, CUTiE / Sōichirō Matsutani
Why make e-moe-tional attachments to fictional characters? : the cultural sociology of the post-modern / Yoshimasa Kijima
Why do people gather at rock festivals? : communication mediated by music / Junʼichi Nagai
What are contemporary aspects of the parent/child relationship? : mother/daughter friendship and its social context / Yasuko Nakanishi
Is 'poverty' or 'affluence' the reality? : towards consideration of 'living in the regions' / Hisashi Fujii
What is at question in youth labour issues? : the two phases of specialisation, 'manual-based' and 'qualified' / Masahiro Abe
What does it mean to be a 'Japanese'?: the current state of 'national identity' in Japan, based on ISSP 2003 / Sunsuke Tanabe.
Originally published: Bunka shakaigaku no shiza. Kyoto, Japan : Minerva Shobō, 2008.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 282-295) and index.
Local notes:
Acquired for the Penn Libraries with assistance from the John G. Hartman Memorial Library Fund.
Minamida, Katsuya, 1967- editor., Editor
Tsuji, Izumi, 1976- editor., Editor
John G. Hartman Memorial Library Fund.
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