Amerika-Mura: discourses of modernity and identity in contemporary urban Japan
This thesis is an exploration of the notion of modernity in the context of Amerika-mura ('American Village'), a district of Osaka, Japan commonly styled as the centre of that city's wakamono bunka ('youth culture'). The thesis begins with a presentation of historical and theoretical approaches to the study of Japan, problematising both essentialist and postmodern treatments. The theme of 'multiple responses to modernity' is proposed as an alternative to the notions of 'culture' and...[Show more]
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