AKB48 - Patrick W. Galbraith (Paperback)

Dispatched in 25 to 35 working days
Price
630
No reviews yet.
Raru Books Poll - Two Book Bundles up for Grabs Details...

Description

Since its formation as a girl group in 2005, AKB48 has become a phenomenal success and institution in Japan. Having originally recruited fans with photocopied fliers and daily performances in the Akihabara area of Tokyo, AKB48 now saturates Japan. Its members--nearly 800 of them, including five sister groups and four so-called "rival groups" across Japan, as well as six sister groups in other Asian cities--appear in print, broadcast, online, and social media; in advertisements and on products; at home and on the train; on- and off-screen.

AKB48's multi-platform omnipresence is characteristic of "idols," whose intimate relationship to fans and appeals to them for support have made the group dominant on the Oricon Yearly Singles Chart in the 2010s; they hold several records, including most consecutive million-selling singles sold in Japan. A unique business model relentlessly monetizes fans' affections through meet-and-greet events and elections, which maximize CD sales, and their saturated presence in the media. At a time when affect is more important than ever in economic, political, and social theory, this book explores the intersection of idols and affect in contemporary Japan and beyond.

Product Details

Barcode
9781501341113
Department
Books
Released
31 Oct 2019
Supply Source
UK

Book

Authors
Patrick W. Galbraith
Jason G. Karlin
Noriko Manabe (Editor)
Binding
Paperback
Publisher
Bloomsbury USA Academic
Series
33 1/3 Japan
Language
English
Number of Pages
128
Dimensions
197 x 127mm (197g)

Annotation

Since its formation as a girl group with 20 members in 2005, AKB48 has become a phenomenal success and institution in Japan. Having originally recruited fans by handing out photocopied fliers on the street and performing daily in a dedicated theater in the Akihabara area of Tokyo, AKB48 now saturates Japan. Its members--nearly 800 of them, including five additional sister groups and four so-called "rival groups" in locations across Japan as well as six sister groups in major Asian cities overseas - appear in print, broadcast, online, and social media; in advertisements and on products; at home and on the train; on- and off-screen. Such multi-platform omnipresence is characteristic of the "idol," a heavily produced and promoted performer who is in intimate relation to fans and appeals to them for support. And AKB48's appeals have astonishing results. From 2010 to 2018, the group's singles have occupied the top two to five spots of the Oricon Yearly Singles Chart, and almost all sold over a million copies.They hold the record for most singles sold by a female artist or group, highest Japanese sales of a single by a female artist or group, most consecutive million-selling singles sold in Japan, most million-selling singles in Japan, and more. At a time when affect is more important than ever in economic, political, and social theory, this book explores the intersection of idols and affect in contemporary Japan and beyond.

Summary

Since its formation as a girl group in 2005, AKB48 has become a phenomenal success and institution in Japan. Having originally recruited fans with photocopied fliers and daily performances in the Akihabara area of Tokyo, AKB48 now saturates Japan. Its members--nearly 800 of them, including five sister groups and four so-called "rival groups" across Japan, as well as six sister groups in other Asian cities--appear in print, broadcast, online, and social media; in advertisements and on products; at home and on the train; on- and off-screen.

AKB48's multi-platform omnipresence is characteristic of "idols," whose intimate relationship to fans and appeals to them for support have made the group dominant on the Oricon Yearly Singles Chart in the 2010s; they hold several records, including most consecutive million-selling singles sold in Japan. A unique business model relentlessly monetizes fans' affections through meet-and-greet events and elections, which maximize CD sales, and their saturated presence in the media. At a time when affect is more important than ever in economic, political, and social theory, this book explores the intersection of idols and affect in contemporary Japan and beyond.

Non-Fiction

General Subject
Music
BISAC Subject 1
Music / Individual Composer & Musician
BISAC Subject 2
Social Science / Ethnic Studies / Asian American Studies
BIC Classification 1
World music
BIC Classification 2
Individual composers & musicians, specific bands & groups
BIC Classification 3
Rock & Pop music
Dewey Classification
780

Author Bio

Patrick W. Galbraith is a research assistant at Duke University, USA, and scholar of Cultural Anthropology and Japanese Studies. He is author of Tokyo Realtime (2010), The Otaku Encyclopedia: An Insider's Guide to the Subculture of Cool Japan (2014), and The Moe Manifesto: An Insider's Look at the Worlds of Manga, Anime, and Gaming (2017).

Jason G. Karlin is Associate Professor at the University of Tokyo, Japan. He is author of Gender and Nation in Meji Japan (2014) and co-editor with Patrick W. Galbraith of Idols and Celebrity in Japanese Media Culture (2012) and Media Convergence in Japan (2016).