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Escaping Japan. Reflections on estrangement and exile in the twenty-first century.

Author: Blai Guanren; Paul Hansen
Publisher: Basingstoke : Taylor & Francis Ltd 2017.
Series: Japan anthropology workshop series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The idea that Japan is a socially homogenous, uniform society has been increasingly challenged in recent years. This book takes the resulting view further by highlighting how Japan, far from singular or monolithic, is socially and culturally complex. It engages with particular life situations, exploring the extent to which personal experiences and lifestyle choices influence this contemporary multifaceted  Read more...
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Escaping Japan.
Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2018
(OCoLC)1006380927
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Blai Guanren; Paul Hansen
ISBN: 9781138235243 1138235245
OCLC Number: 1007584114
Description: 320 pages.
Contents: 1. Introduction: Escaping Japan Inside and Out, Blai Guarne and Paul Hansen2. Maid Cafes: Affect, Life and Escape in Akihabara, Patrick W. Galbraith3. The Burden of Sobriety: Alcoholism and Masculinity in Japan, Paul Christensen4. Robot Dreams: Play, Escape and Masculine-Romanticism in Japanese Techno-Culture, Hirofumi Katsuno5. The Globalization of Melancholic Affect: Escaping Soft Power through the Literature of Murakami Haruki, Daniel White6. Escaping through Words: Memory and Oblivion in the Japanese Urban Landscape, Blai Guarne7. `Escaping' the Hokkaido Homelands: Ainu Heteroglossia and the Performance of Ainu Urban Indigeneity in the Kanto Region, Kylie Martin8. Kyoko's Assemblage: Escaping `futsu no nihonjin' in Hokkaido, Paul Hansen9. `Escape' to a Place of Familiarity: Transforming Japanese Tourist Imaginings of Taiwan, Chien-Yuan Chen10. Fleeing from Constraints: Japanese Retirement Migrants in Malaysia, Mayumi Ono11. After Words, Tien-Shi `Lara' Chen, Blai Guarne, Paul Hansen, Susanne Klien, John Mock and David Blake Willis
Series Title: Japan anthropology workshop series.
Responsibility: Blai Guanren; Paul Hansen.

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The idea that Japan is a socially homogenous, uniform society has been increasingly challenged in recent years. This book takes the resulting view further by highlighting how Japan, far from singular or monolithic, is socially and culturally complex. It engages with particular life situations, exploring the extent to which personal experiences and lifestyle choices influence this contemporary multifaceted nation-state. Adopting a theoretically engaged ethnographic approach, and considering a range of "escapes" both physical and metaphorical, this book provides a rich picture of the fusions and fissures that comprise Japan and Japaneseness today.

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