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Azuma, Hiroki, 1971-
Dōbutsukasuru posutomodan. English
Otaku : Japan's database animals / Hiroki Azuma ; translated by Jonathan E. Abel and Shion Kono
[English ed.]
Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c2009
book jacket
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Subject(s) Subculture -- Japan
Popular culture -- Japan
Subject Japan -- Civilization -- 1945-
Physical Description xxix, 144 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Note "Originally published in Japanese as Dōbutsuka suru posutomodan: otaku kara mita nihon shakai (Tokyo: Kōdansha Gendai Shinsho, 2001)"--T.p. verso
Translated from the Japanese
Includes bibliographical references (p. 117-139) and index
Contents Preface to the English edition / Hiroki Azuma -- Translators' introduction -- What is otaku culture? -- The otaku's pseudo-Japan -- The pseudo-Japan manufactured from U.S.-mode material -- Otaku and postmodernity -- Narrative consumption -- The grand nonnarrative -- Moe-elements -- Database consumption -- The simulacra and the database -- Snobbery and the fictional age -- The dissociated human -- The animal age -- Hyperflatness and hypervisuality -- Multiple personality
Note In Japan, obsessive adult fans and collectors of manga and anime are known as otaku. Hiroki Azuma's 'Otaku' offers a critical, philosophical, and historical inquiry into the characteristics and consequences of this consumer subculture

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