9780226735283

Kamikaze Biker : Parody and Anomy in Affluent Japan

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  • ISBN13:

    9780226735283

  • ISBN10:

    0226735281

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1998-06-20
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr

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Summary

In this firsthand account of high-risk car and motorcycle racing in Japan, Ikuya Sato shows how affluence and consumerism have spawned various experimental and deviant life-styles among youth. Kamikaze Biker offers an intriguing look at a form of delinquency in a country traditionally thought to be devoid of social problems. "Ikuya Sato's Kamikaze Biker is an exceptionally fine ethnographic analysis of a recurrent form of Japanese collective youth deviance. . . . Sato has contributed a work of value to a wide range of scholarly audiences."Jack Katz, Contemporary Sociology "A must for anyone interested in Japan, juvenile delinquency and/or youth behavior in general, or the impact of affluence on society."Choice "The volume provides a sophisticated . . . discussion of changes happening in Japanese society in the early 1980s. As such, it serves as a window on the 1990s and beyond."Ross Mouer, Asian Studies Review "Kamikaze Biker is a superlative study, one that might help liberate American social science from the simplistic notion that behavior not directly contributing to economic productivity should be summarily dismissed as 'dangerous' and 'deviant.' "Los Angeles Times Book Review

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
ix(2)
Foreword xi(6)
Gerald D. Suttles
Acknowledgments xvii
Introduction 1(12)
"Fun" in Doing Evil 2(1)
Attraction Theory of Delinquency 3(2)
The Text and Context of "Play" 5(3)
Methods 8(5)
PART I The Text of Play 13(94)
1. Speed and Thrills: Flow Experience in Boso Driving
13(24)
What Is Boso Driving?
13(2)
Why Do Bosozoku Join in Boso Driving?
15(3)
Characteristics of Experience in Boso Driving
18(7)
The Autotelic Nature of Boso Driving
25(2)
Medatsu, Communitas, Flow
27(8)
Conclusion
35(2)
2. Fashion and Style: Meanings of Outrageous Paraphernalia
37(35)
Why Do Bosozoku Use "Unnatural" Symbols?
38(3)
Vehicles
41(12)
Group Names
53(10)
Costumes and Other Artifacts
63(4)
Conclusion
67(5)
3. Drama and Dramatization: Bosozoku, the Saturday-Night Hero
72(35)
Why Are Bosozoku So Preoccupied with Media Presentation?
73(2)
The Media and Heroic Drama
75(2)
Bosozoku as the Picaro
77(9)
Bosozoku as the Koha
86(8)
Bosozoku as Celebrity
94(3)
Commercialization, Diffusion, and Stylization
97(4)
Summary
101(6)
PART II The Natural History of Yankee Style 107(74)
4. The Birth of the Yankee
107(24)
Yankee and Bosozoku
107(2)
Pride and Ambivalence in the Yankee Style
109(6)
The Birth of the Yankee
115(6)
"Action" and the Yankee
121(10)
5. From Yankee to Bosozoku
131(26)
Resources for Make-Believe Play
132(14)
Metamorphosis and Group Process
146(11)
6. From Yankee/Bosozoku to "Ordinary Citizen"
157(24)
The Measles Theory of Bosozoku
157(2)
Coercive Sanction
159(2)
Age Norm
161(4)
Commitment to Conventional Life
165(11)
Summary
176(5)
PART III Context of Play 181(29)
7. Through the Looking Glass
181(29)
Bosozoku as a Mirror for Japanese Society
181(2)
Youth's Adventures in Wonderland
183(7)
Folk Devils and Moral Panics
190(11)
The Hunting of the Bosozoku
201(9)
Conclusion: Parody and Anomy in Affluent Japan 210(13)
Crime and Play 210(2)
"Action" on the Street 212(2)
Corruption of Play 214(4)
Play and the Sacred 218(1)
Parody and Anomy in the Affluent Society 219(4)
Appendixes 223(16)
A. Research Methods 223(3)
B. Flow Interview Schedule 226(2)
C. Questionnaire 228(6)
D. Bosozoku Argot 234(5)
Notes 239(20)
References 259(10)
Name Index 269(4)
Subject Index 273

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