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Funky town Osaka : Kansai regional identity construction in Japanese popular music

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Title: Funky town Osaka : Kansai regional identity construction in Japanese popular music
Authors: Marsden, Nancy J. E.
Keywords: Osaka
Issue Date: May 2011
Publisher: [Honolulu] : [University of Hawaii at Manoa], [May 2011]
Abstract: I focus specifically on the Kansai region and the tensions between it and the dominance of Tokyo in defining Japan's national identity through exploring the production and performance of regional identity in Japanese popular music. Images of the Osaka/Kansai region in the media and music industry and fieldwork data collected in concerts, print media, and fan interviews are used to better understand how relationalism affects perception and construction of identity in Japan. Through examining the reception and representation of musician from Kansai in both Tokyo and Kansai's media, the Kansai region and its people are subjected to complex, multi-layered, and capricious interpretations of their identity due to the widespread familiarity of the region in Japanese consciousness and because of the rivarly between Kansai and the dominant Tokyo/Kanto area.
Description: M.A. University of Hawaii at Manoa 2011.
Includes bibliographical references.
Appears in Collections:M.A. - Music

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