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Consuming Life in Post-Bubble Japan: A Transdisciplinary Perspective

Machotka, Ewa

978 94 6298 063 1
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Publication date:
12 February 2018

Short description: 

This multidisciplinary book analyses the contradictory coexistence of consumerism and environmentalism in contemporary Japan.

Full description: 

Japan, consumption, art, commodification, recycling

Table of contents: 

Acknowledgements[-]Notes to the Reader[-]Notes on Contributors[-]List of Figures[-]List of Tables[-][-]Introduction - Katarzyna J. Cwiertka and Ewa Machotka[-]Consumption[-]Sustainability[-]The post-bubble era and research on consumption[-]Konbini, landscape, and sustainable art[-]Works cited[-][-]Chapter 1: Post-Bubble Japanese Department Stores: The Need to Search for New Paradigms - Hendrik Meyer-Ohle[-]Abstract[-]Introduction[-]Department stores in Japan[-]Educating customers: Is my diamond the right size? Am I wearing the right dress?[-]Developing new customer groups: Fashioning the salary man and husband - Imagining the old and the new Japan[-]Mangoes on Marine Day: Post-bubble department stores[-]Works cited[-]Websites consulted[-][-]Chapter 2: Consumption of Fast Fashion in Japan: Local Brands and Global Environment - Stephanie Assmann[-]Abstract[-]Introduction[-]Background: Social stratification and consumer behaviour [-]Declining incomes and consumer expenditures[-]Fast Retailing: The outdoor brand UNIQLO[-]Ryohin Keikaku: The label without a label - Mujirushi Ryohin [-]Fast fashion and sustainability[-]International competitors: ZARA and H&M[-]A high-end fashion retailer: Louis Vuitton[-]The significance of price, brand, quality, and sustainability: The post-bubble consumer[-]Works cited[-]Company websites[-][-]Chapter 3: Konbini-Nation: The Rise of the Convenience Store in Post-Industrial Japan - Gavin H. Whitelaw[-]Abstract[-]Introduction[-]Coming of age with konbini[-]Relocalizing konbini[-]Convenience becoming 'konbini'[-]Shifting perceptions[-]Konbini panics and convenience concerns[-]'Konbinize Me': Waste and want [-]'Between' places[-]Conclusion [-]Works cited[-][-]Chapter 4: Serving the Nation: The Myth of Washoku - Katarzyna J. Cwiertka[-]Abstract[-]Introduction[-]What's in a name?[-]The UNESCO nomination[-]National branding and food self-sufficiency[-]Conclusion[-]Works cited[-]Film cited[-]Websites consulted[-][-]Chapter 5: Consuming Domesticity in Post-Bubble Japan - Ofra Goldstein-Gidoni[-]Abstract[-]The Hanako tribe: Single women as hedonistic consumers[-]The production of new consuming tribes: Women's magazines at the burst of the bubbleThe new-type housewives as a post-bubble return to 'traditional' gender roles? [-]Female domesticity is fun: Marketing the joy of housewifery [-]Tradition in fashionable wear: Designer aprons as symbols of the new femininity[-]Female beauty and domesticity as a new kind of a national spirit[-]Conclusion ?[-]Works cited[-]Websites consulted[-][-]Chapter 6: The Metamorphosis of Excess: 'Rubbish Houses' and the Imagined Trajectory of Things in Post-Bubble Japan - Fabio Gygi[-]Abstract[-]Introduction[-]Attack of the rubbish aunt![-]Gomi yashiki as the uncanny[-]Consuming the bubble[-]The exaltedness of the new[-]Rendering absent[-]Secondhandedness and mottainai[-]'A complicated emotion': Taguchi's 'Jamira'[-]Conclusion[-]Works cited[-][-]Chapter 7: Robot Reincarnation: Rubbish, Artefacts, and Mortuary Rituals - Jennifer Robertson[-]Abstract[-]Rubbish, art, and artefacts[-]Robots and rubbish: Consumption and disposal[-]Robot reincarnation[-]Film cited[-]Works cited[-]Websites consulted[-][-]Chapter 8: Art and Consumption in Post-Bubble Japan: From Postmodern Irony to Shared Engagement - Gunhild Borggreen[-]Abstract[-]Introduction: Japan as consumer society[-]The artist as ethnographer[-]Representations of consumption[-]Art as consumption[-]Community-based consumption[-]Conclusion[-]Works cited [-]Websites consulted[-][-]Chapter 9: The Fate of Landscape in Post-War Japanese Art and Visual Culture - Hayashi Michio[-]Abstract[-]A.K.A. Serial Killer and the extinction of landscape[-]PROVOKE and the Discover Japan campaign[-]Lee U-fan's aesthetics: Phenomenology and structuralis


Katarzyna Cwiertka is professor Modern Japan Studies at the University of Leiden.|Ewa Machotka is associate professor of Japanese language and culture at Stockholm University.



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