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Idols and Celebrity in Japanese Media Culture

  • Patrick W. Galbraith
  • Jason G. Karlin

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Introduction: The Mirror of Idols and Celebrity

    1. Patrick W. Galbraith, Jason G. Karlin
      Pages 1-32
  3. Systems

  4. Desire

  5. Difference

  6. Image

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 183-183
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 229-239

About this book


This is the most complete and compelling account of idols and celebrity in Japanese media culture to date. Engaging with the study of media, gender and celebrity, and sensitive to history and the contemporary scene, these interdisciplinary essays cover male and female idols, production and consumption, industrial structures and fan movements.


culture gender logic media media culture television

Editors and affiliations

  • Patrick W. Galbraith
  • Jason G. Karlin

There are no affiliations available

About the editors

DANIEL BLACK Lecturer in the School of English, Communications and Performance Studies at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia LUCY GLASSPOOL Ph.D. candidate in the Graduate School of Languages and Cultures at Nagoya University in Japan ALEXANDRA HAMBLETON Ph.D. candidate in the Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies at the University of Tokyo, Japan AOYAGI HIROSHI Professor of Asian Studies at the School of Asia 21 of Kokushikan, University in Tokyo, Japan HO SWEE LIN Assistant Professor in the School of International Studies at The Catholic University of Korea JONATHAN D. MACKINTOSH Lecturer in Japanese Studies at Birkbeck, University of London, UK W. DAVID MARX Chief Editor at the web journal Néojaponisme ( KAZUMI NAGAIKE Associate Professor at the Center for International Education and Research at Oita National University in Japan IGOR PRUSA Ph.D. candidate at the Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies at the University of Tokyo, Japan.

Bibliographic information


'Idols and Celebrity in Japanese Media is a wonderful anthology that offers an overview of media culture, idols, and celebrity in Japan through intriguing case studies whose topics range from the entertainment industry to idols to otaku to the digitally created idol. The book's greatest strength is that, despite its narrow focus on Japan, the authors' insights and discussions can be applied to other countries in the global context of the ongoing intensification of capitalism and consumerism. Overall, the book provides an excellent introduction to the social, cultural, and economic issues intertwined with media culture.' - Jungmin Kwon, International Journal of Communication 8 (2014)