Cultural Studies in Japan: An Interview with Shunya Yoshimi

Tamari, Tomoko. 2006. Cultural Studies in Japan: An Interview with Shunya Yoshimi. Theory Culture & Society, 23(7-8), pp. 305-314. ISSN 0263-2764 [Article]

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This interview focuses on the history and current developments of cultural studies in Japan. Shunya Yoshimi is one of the leading figures in cultural studies in Japan since its introduction in the mid-1990s. He is currently engaged in the task of developing cultural studies in Asia with younger generations of scholars and to this end has helped established a new type of cultural movement, Cultural Typhoon, as well as contributing to expand Asian cultural studies networks, such as Inter Asia Cultural Studies. He argues that cultural studies has been questioning the relationship between meaning and power in everyday life through a variety of concrete and practical fields. In fact, he argues, it is inevitable for cultural studies to ask questions about the politics, if we in cultural studies are to develop actual knowledge of cultural production and consumption today. Hence, it is essential to investigate the micro-politics of bodies in relation to macro-political processes. In the case of Japan, working on cultural studies within an existing discipline also means engaging in experiments, which ultimately could have the potential to undermine existing disciplines from within.

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cultural studies, Cultural Typhoon, Inter Asia Cultural Studies, Japan, Shunya Yoshimi

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December 2006Published

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