Fanning the Flames: Fans and Consumer Culture in Contemporary Japan
Fanning the Flames examines the worlds of fans in the exuberant and commercialized popular culture of contemporary Japan. The works collected here profile denizens of all-night rap clubs; sumo stable patrons; passionate fan clubs of a professional baseball team; enthusiasts of traditional rakugo storytelling; a club of middle-aged female fans of a popular music star; youthful followers of Japan’s longest-running rock band; vinyl record collectors; and a thriving community of girls and women who produce and devour amateur comics. Grounded in close, often extended fieldwork with the fans themselves, each case study is an effort to understand both the personal pleasures and political economies of fandoms. The contributors explore the many ways that fans in and of Japanese mass culture actively search for intimacy and identity amid the powerful corporate structures that produce the leisure and entertainment of today’s Japan.
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Rap Fandom and Consumer Culture in Japan IAN CONDRY
Negotiating FanStar Relationships in Japanese Popular Music CHRISTINE R YANO
Proximity and Exchange at a Japanese Rock Concert CAROLYN S STEVENS
What Fans Make of Professional Baseball in Modern Japan WILLIAM W KELLY
The Role of the Patron in Sumo R KENJI TIERNEY
Promoting the Art Creating Community Inventing Selves LORIE BRAU
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