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Beyond text?Critical practices and sensory anthropology$
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Rupert Cox, Andrew Irving, and Christopher Wright

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780719085055

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719085055.001.0001

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Films about ordinary people: the Japanese home drama and virtual ethnography

Films about ordinary people: the Japanese home drama and virtual ethnography

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(p.127) 13. Films about ordinary people: the Japanese home drama and virtual ethnography
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Beyond text?
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Catherine Russell

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719085055.003.0013

This chapter frames the Japanese cinema and TV genre of ‘home drama’ shomin-geki,, as a sensory mode of ethnography about ‘ordinary people’, which is nevertheless virtual—a phantasmagoria of cultural practices and feelings. Through a critical ‘reading against the grain’ of this genre and particularly the works of Naruse Mikio as examples of ‘vernacular modernism’, it shows how these films provides a valuable portrait of modern Japanese culture as it imagined itself to be.

Keywords:   vernacular modernism, home drama, ordinary people, Japan, Naruse Mikio, cinema

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