Contemporary Urban Japan: A Sociology of Consumption by John Clammer

By John Clammer

This quantity demonstrates a clean method of city reviews in addition to a brand new method of modern Japan which hyperlinks economic climate and society in an leading edge way.Content:
Chapter 1 coming near near Japan throughout the learn of intake (pages 1–25):
Chapter 2 intake and concrete Cultures within the jap urban (pages 26–50):
Chapter three The Context of hope: The Political economic climate of intake (pages 51–67):
Chapter four purchasing and the Social Self (pages 58–84):
Chapter five Gender, category and the Internationalization of intake (pages 85–109):
Chapter 6 eating our bodies: Media and the development and illustration of the physique (pages 110–134):
Chapter 7 websites and points of interest: The eating Eye and the humanities of the mind's eye in jap Tourism (pages 135–151):
Chapter eight Theorizing intake in city Japan (pages 152–168):

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If not the content, then certainly the forms of most of what is consumed has originated elsewhere. How this is conceptualized, however, is of critical importance, and the most extensive recent treatment of consumption in Japan distorts this in serious ways (Tobin 1992). This volume needs some comment. It is a collection of essays devoted to the proposition that contemporary Japanese consumption can best be understood as ‘domesticating’ the West, following the very conventional argument that Japan has borrowed elements of Western culture and has changed them into something distinctively Japanese.

For example, in describing the kuzrunban - the message-boards with announcements, news, warnings of public works about to begin in the neighbourhood, and so forth - Betsor notes that Consumption and Urban Cultures in Japan 33 In theory the system can pass information to or collect responses from all 750 households in a couple of days. But in practice kairanban often do not circulate to apartment dwellers. The responsibility for informing them of neighborhood events is left to the landlord or manager.

Culture, biology and society intersect most forcibly in consumption, and nowhere is this more true than in Japan. This fact needs to be combined with a recognition of the de facto internationalization of Japanese consumption behaviour. If not the content, then certainly the forms of most of what is consumed has originated elsewhere. How this is conceptualized, however, is of critical importance, and the most extensive recent treatment of consumption in Japan distorts this in serious ways (Tobin 1992).

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