A Cultural History of Postwar Japan: 1945-1980

1st Edition

Shunsuke Tsurumi

Routledge
Published March 12, 2013
Reference - 178 Pages
ISBN 9780415846882 - CAT# Y150819
Series: Routledge Library Editions: Japan

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Summary

Shunsuke Tsurumi, one of Japan’s most distinguished contemporary philosophers, continues his study of the intellectual and social history of modern Japan with this penetrating analysis of popular culture in the post-war years. Japanese manga (comics), manzai (dialogues), television, advertising and popular songs are the medium for a revealing examination of the many contradictory forces at work beneath the surface of an apparently uniform and universal culture. The author argues that the iconography of these popular forms has deep and significant implication for the development of Japanese national life in the post-growth years that lie ahead.

 

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