Gimme shelter: enka, self and society in contemporary Japan.

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dc.contributor.author Aalgaard, Scott Wade
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-22T16:57:04Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-22T16:57:04Z
dc.date.copyright 2011 en_US
dc.date.issued 2011-06-22
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/3385
dc.description.abstract This study examines a genre of Japanese popular music known as enka, and the manner in which devotees of the genre and other stakeholders approach and negotiate with it. Previous academic examinations of enka have tended to locate it as a static musical embodiment of nostalgic ‘Japaneseness’. Relying upon field observations and discussions with enka devotees carried out in Tokyo and Fukushima, I argue that enka are in fact intensely ambiguous, and that the genre ultimately serves as a shelter for historically-specific listeners, one that is deeply implicated in the production of subjectivity and the social. Depending upon the manner in which they intertwine with other ‘texts’ in the listener’s life, enka can act as a homogenizing agent, or as a conduit for heterogeneity and movement – or both. This research will contribute to the advancement of our understanding both contemporary Japanese society and the role of popular music within it. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Popular music en_US
dc.subject enka en_US
dc.subject karaoke en_US
dc.subject society en_US
dc.subject Japan en_US
dc.subject Fukushima en_US
dc.title Gimme shelter: enka, self and society in contemporary Japan. en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Endo, Katsuhiko
dc.degree.department Dept. of Pacific and Asian Studies en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en_US
dc.rights.temp Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US

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