Reflections on the Development of Cultural Studies in Japan

Tamari, Tomoko. 2006. Reflections on the Development of Cultural Studies in Japan. Theory Culture & Society, 23(7-8), pp. 293-304. ISSN 0263-2764 [Article]

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Although Japan had its own distinctive ‘pre-history’ of cultural studies, which produced some excellent research on popular culture, which can be traced back to the 1920s, the current state of cultural studies has been criticized by conventional mainstream academics; whereas the younger generation has been attracted by cultural studies as a new academic trend. An important new development in cultural studies in Japan is Cultural Typhoon. This new movement seeks to avoid institutionalization and create an alternative academic public sphere alongside broadened cultural practices, social activities and political interventions. Cultural studies in Japan can be seen as a part of a new diversity in cultural studies, which has some potentialities to move beyond the academy and open new dialogical spaces for communication and cultural intervention.

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14 December 2006Published

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