Fashioning Japanese Subcultures [Yuniya Kawamura] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Western fashion has been widely appreciated and. Some years ago during the pre-disaster peak of Cool Japan boosterism, the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs produced all sorts of guides. Fashioning Japanese Subcultures has 36 ratings and 6 reviews. M Jay D M said: Kawamura’s book was very disappointing; despite the promise of new fieldwor.

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Log In Sign Up. Continuing the work of Hilary Pilkington, this book seeks to be original both through the way in which it defines its theoretical framework Part I and IIand through the underdeveloped research field which it targets Part II: Stated otherwise, we cannot apply the western conceptual framework for groups of youngsters in other areas than the West, taking into account the different socio-economic background of these societies.

In the first part of the book, what is surprising is the theoretical component which draws on the neo-structuralist approach of the Birmingham School. Subcultures can be understood as collective answers to the working class communities break of the British post-war society, as a latent function of subculture, as Cohen, What is surprising to a reader or researcher in the field of youth cultures or subcultures is the courage which the author has to use such an approach in post-modern times.


CCCS is profoundly critiqued nowadays by more recent approaches, such as that of neo-tribalism Mafesolli,Bennett or of liquid modernity Baumann,which the author ignores.

But the following chapters, and in particular those which target and describe cultural practices of certain groups Chapters 4, 5, 6, 7, japansee reveal that this definition is not in good fit with the realities studied by Kawamura. Thus, none of the groups described in the second part of the paper do not display any distinct subcultural characteristics, being specific to post-modern fluidity of neo-tribes.

Fashioning Japanese Subcultures

None of the groups exhibit elements of class belonging or class subordination, a distinctive element for the neo-marxist interpretation of Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies. The meaning of stye In other words, the author builds a good description of the state of affairs of young Japanese fashion groups, without going into a deeper decoding of their potentially-subcultural signs.

Unfortunately, this hypothesis fashionig not brought to the surface more throughout the work, and the argument which proves the existence of a clear correlation fashionung these two variables is japanesse, as the large number of youth cultures can also be traced to a deeper globalization of Japan, a tendency to move closer to the Western World and an increase in media and socialization networks, or many other elements.

Also, the elements of rebellion and going against mainstream claimed by the author for the groups which she researches are questionable. From the standpoint of a rebellion against the dominant class, my intuition is that these are an integral part of it, as instead of being opposed japnaese it.


Fashioning Japanese Subcultures by Yuniya Kawamura

You cannot discuss subcultural affiliation, anti-system elements or silent revolt, when the members of such a community Lolita: For a better methodological argument, I consider that the theoretical component of the paper should be revised and the studied groups reframed in the area of neo-tribes, of scenes, or of youth cultures.

Beyond these remarks, the style is clear and easy to lecture, even for a reader which is not familiar with cultural studies or sociology. Kawamura is a pioneer in the study of subcultures from a perspective which transcends the borders of classical theories, stimulating through this paper an imporant debate on the way in which we can sociologically look at subcultures.

This is the reason why this book is important for researchers in the field, because it opens up an important field of interpretation and study of youth communities and cultures, from another perspective than the Euro-american one. Remember me on this computer. Enter the email address you signed up fashionung and we’ll email you a reset link. Click here to sign up.

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