Idols and Celebrity in Japanese Media Culture

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This is the most complete and compelling account of idols and celebrity in Japanese media culture to date. Engaging with the study of media, gender and celebrity, and sensitive to history and the contemporary scene, these interdisciplinary essays cover male and female idols, production and consumption, industrial structures and fan movements.

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This volume is masterful in treating Japanese idol culture with the seriousness it deserves. Scholarly and astute, the essays massage all the edges of a phenomenon that is capitalism's celebrity image: idols valued for an aura that trades between authenticity and the artifice of media/commodity production. From scandal to spectacle, Johnny's to AKB48, the K-wave to virtual games, Japanese idols breed interest-affective as much as economic. This volume beautifully captures the complexity with which Japanese idols have been produced and consumed, loved and spurned, in postwar (and now post postwar) Japan.
--Anne Allison, Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Duke University, USA, and author of Millennial Monsters  Idols and Celebrity in Japanese Media Culture goes beyond the terrain of female idols as well as critically analyzing fans and otaku. Alert to omnipresent consumerism, this volume deftly navigates realms of virtuality and fantasy. Overseen by editors Galbraith and Karlin, the celebrity-fetish intersects here with ideology and intimacy, advertising and activism, sexuality and scandal. An informative and compelling take on Japanese media culture.
--Matt Hills, Reader in Media and Cultural Studies at Cardiff University, UK, and author of Fan Cultures

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Patrick W. Galbraith is a researcher at the University of Tokyo, Japan. He is the author of The Otaku Encyclopedia (2009), Tokyo Realtime: Akihabara (2010) and Otaku Spaces (2012).

Jason G. Karlin is an associate professor in the Interfaculty Initiative for Information Studies at the University of Tokyo, Japan, where he teaches courses on gender and media studies. He is the author of Gender and Nation in Meiji Japan: Modernity, Loss, and the Doing of History (2014).

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