FASHIONING JAPANESE SUBCULTURES PDF

However, this book is not just about ways of dressing: it is also about ways of being, and the ways in which fashion becomes part of the construction of identity. Kawamura, a sociologist based in New York, delves into the stories behind her subjects, who are members of different subcultural communities in Tokyo, to explore the meanings behind their appearances. She situates her scholarly examination of Japanese fashion subcultures in the context of an overview of various academic studies of subculture, against and through which she presents her own work. This research is conveyed in an accessible manner, and Kawamura draws connections between her topic and broader concerns, such as suicide, youth unemployment and changing gender roles. Her careful observations of, and interviews with, members of various subcultural groups are effectively supported by an outline of contemporary Japanese society, using statistical data.

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CCCS is profoundly critiqued nowadays by more recent approaches, such as that of neo-tribalism Mafesolli,Bennett or of liquid modernity Baumann,which the author ignores.

None of the groups exhibit elements of class belonging or class subordination, a distinctive element for the neo-marxist interpretation of Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies. A longer book could have given Kawamura more time to explore these subcultures on a subcultires level. Kawamura is a pioneer in the study of subcultures from a perspective which transcends the borders of classical theories, stimulating through this paper an imporant debate on the way in which we can sociologically look at subcultures.

One of them was an illustrated map of Tokyo hotspots, with various subcultures identified with specific train and subway stations. There are a set of good works that examined Japanese youth culture and fashion prior to this book. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Most users should sign in with their email address. This is the reason why this book is important for japaanese in the field, because it opens up an important field of interpretation and study of youth communities and cultures, from another perspective than the Euro-american one.

Subculthres is an interesting way to arrange a discussion of diverse material, and because some subculture members do frequent particular sections of the city more often than others for shopping and leisure activities, it is not a completely unreasonable heuristic. Iona rated it liked it Jul 20, Jul 16, Colleen rated it liked it.

In the first part of the book, what is surprising is the theoretical component which draws on fashiooning neo-structuralist approach of the Birmingham School. Sign In or Create an Account. That, however, it does very well. The meaning of stye Sign In Forgot password?

Open Preview See a Problem? Fashioning Japanese Subcultures by Yuniya Kawamura. You cannot discuss subcultural affiliation, anti-system elements or silent revolt, when the members of such a community Lolita: No trivia or quizzes yet. Thanks for telling us about the problem. To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above.

Unfortunately, this hypothesis is not brought to the surface more throughout the work, and the argument which proves the existence of a clear correlation between these two variables is missing, as the large number of youth cultures can also be traced to a deeper globalization of Japan, a tendency to move closer to the Western World and an increase in media and socialization networks, or many other elements.

If you originally registered with a username please use that to sign in. References and Further Reading. Sadly, some of the points she makes in the book are misleading or inaccurate. What is surprising to a reader or researcher in the field of youth cultures or subcultures is the courage which the author has to use fadhioning an approach in post-modern times.

It also could have even given her the chance to talk more about subcultures that have played a major role in shaping the subcultural scene of Japan, such as Visual Kei and Decora both of which were barely mentioned, despite their importance in Japanese subcultural fashion history.

Account Options Sign in. Jigen rated it liked it Jun 21, Fshioning rated it liked it Nov 11, Tung rated it liked it Sep 14, Jennifer Sweetapple rated it napanese liked it Oct 17, Kyla rated it it was ok May 27, For a better methodological argument, I consider that the theoretical component of the paper afshioning be revised and the studied groups reframed in the area of neo-tribes, of scenes, or of youth cultures. Sign in via your Institution Sign in. Oct 31, Meg rated it it was ok Shelves: Related Posts.

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Fashioning Japanese Subcultures

CCCS is profoundly critiqued nowadays by more recent approaches, such as that of neo-tribalism Mafesolli,Bennett or of liquid modernity Baumann,which the author ignores. None of the groups exhibit elements of class belonging or class subordination, a distinctive element for the neo-marxist interpretation of Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies. A longer book could have given Kawamura more time to explore these subcultures on a subcultires level. Kawamura is a pioneer in the study of subcultures from a perspective which transcends the borders of classical theories, stimulating through this paper an imporant debate on the way in which we can sociologically look at subcultures. One of them was an illustrated map of Tokyo hotspots, with various subcultures identified with specific train and subway stations.

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FASHIONING JAPANESE SUBCULTURES PDF

It acted practically as a review of all prior content from my anthro course! I would recommend this book to anyone interesting in learning more about Japanese fashion subcultures and street fashion. I do have to admit, however, that this book is often brief in its descriptions. I had read more in-depth articles about specific topics beforehand, so this resource acted more as a supplementary, summarizing text rather than something that provided the particular details I needed. The book is much too slim to offer more than a brief look at Japanese subcultures as a whole, and would have benefitted from being longer.

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