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Staged seduction : selling dreams in a Tokyo host club

Author: Akiko Takeyama
Publisher: Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, [2016]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This manuscript provides a window into the Japanese nighttime bars where male hosts seduce their female clients and entice them to spend money. It attempts to answer questions such as: what happens when women are the financial providers and men are the paid seducers? How do they communicate when women want to be seduced but cannot say so? What is it like to be in a commodified form of romance? Takeyama investigates  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Akiko Takeyama
ISBN: 9780804791243 0804791244 9780804798549 0804798540 0804798559 9780804798556
OCLC Number: 915943351
Description: xviii, 225 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction : promise of the future --
The consumable city --
Commodified romance --
Entrepreneurial attraction --
Feminine restoration --
The art of seduction --
Conclusion : affect economy.
Responsibility: Akiko Takeyama.

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This manuscript provides a window into the Japanese nighttime bars where male hosts seduce their female clients and entice them to spend money. It attempts to answer questions such as: what happens when women are the financial providers and men are the paid seducers? How do they communicate when women want to be seduced but cannot say so? What is it like to be in a commodified form of romance? Takeyama investigates various aspects of the host clubs including the host club as workplace, the hosts themselves, the women who frequent host clubs, the club managers, and the ethics of host club deception. Ultimately, the book provides readers with an extraordinary look into the dynamics of seduction, and the broader dynamics of the contemporary Japanese political economy.

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"Staged Seduction is a compelling ethnographic study of commodified romance, aspiration, and desire in neoliberal Japan. With riveting stories of male hosts and their female clients, Takeyama Read more...

 
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