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Capturing Contemporary JapanDifferentiation and Uncertainty$
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Satsuki Kawano, Glenda S. Roberts, and Susan Orpett Long

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780824838683

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824838683.001.0001

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The Divination Arts in Girl Culture

The Divination Arts in Girl Culture

(p.247) Chapter 10 The Divination Arts in Girl Culture
Capturing Contemporary Japan

Laura Miler

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter explores the social world of schoolgirls and young women who consume contemporary divination as a form of social bonding. It considers the significance of divinatory practices from a female perspective and how contemporary divination provides young women and girls with a range of choices that meet their aesthetic, social, and entertainment interests while allowing them to “play with the occult” with peers. It also examines the feminized patterns and strategies of consumption, along with the use of the Internet, often accessed through mobile phones, to maintain social ties. Finally, it stresses the role of print media, especially magazines and manga, in understanding the increase of interest in divination and the occult among girls and young women.

Keywords:   schoolgirls, young women, divination, social bonding, entertainment, occult, consumption, Internet, mobile phones, print media

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