Islands of Eight Million Smiles: Idol Performance and Symbolic Production in Contemporary Japan

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Since the late 1960s a ubiquitous feature of popular culture in Japan has been the "idol," an attractive young actor, male or female, packaged and promoted as an adolescent role model and exploited by the entertainment, fashion, cosmetic, and publishing industries to market trendy products. This book offers ethnographic case studies regarding the symbolic qualities of idols and how these qualities relate to the conceptualization of selfhood among adolescents in Japan and elsewhere in East Asia. Ultimately, Aoyagi argues, ...

Islands of Eight Million Smiles: Idol Performance and Symbolic Production in Contemporary Japan 2005, Harvard University Press, Cambridge

ISBN-13: 9780674017733

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