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Regionalizing CultureThe Political Economy of Japanese Popular Culture in Asia$
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Nissim Kadosh Otmazgin

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780824836948

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824836948.001.0001

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The Political Economy of Popular Culture

The Political Economy of Popular Culture

(p.1) Chapter 1 The Political Economy of Popular Culture
Regionalizing Culture

Nissim Kadosh Otmazgin

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines the political economy of Japanese popular culture within East Asia using an analytical model that combines a traditional political economic approach with an approach that takes into account characteristics specific to the popular culture market. It first reviews theoretical supports offered in the field and highlights their advantages and limitations. It then considers the relations between “popular culture,” “high culture,” and “cultural industries,” along with the ways in which cultural industries operate. It also explains the meaning of popular culture products and cultural commodities and discusses the differences between cultural industries and other industries. It shows that cultural industries have “special” characteristics—the strong focus on creativity and ease of technological access—that may explain the relative ease with which cultural industries in East Asia have been able to learn from and imitate the Japanese model to develop their own popular culture markets.

Keywords:   political economy, Japanese popular culture, East Asia, popular culture markets, popular culture, high culture, cultural industries, popular culture products, cultural commodities, creativity

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