Capture Japan: Visual Culture and the Global Imagination from 1952 to the Present (Hardcover)

Capture Japan: Visual Culture and the Global Imagination from 1952 to the Present By Marco Bohr (Editor) Cover Image

Capture Japan: Visual Culture and the Global Imagination from 1952 to the Present (Hardcover)

By Marco Bohr (Editor)

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Capture Japan investigates the formation of visual tropes and how these have contributed to perceptions of Japan in the global imagination. The book proposes that images are not incidental in the formation of such perceptions, but central to notions about identity, history and memory. From a tentative western ally in 1952 to a 'soft power' superpower with a huge global influence in the 21st century, the book locates questions about Japan in the global imagination to the country's transforming geopolitical position. By adopting an interdisciplinary approach, with a multiplicity of perspectives from around the world, Capture Japan goes beyond binarisms to uncover how images can also produce discourses that challenge, subvert or even contradict each other.

The word 'capture' in the title of the book recognises both the deeply problematic role that images have played in relation to colonialism, as well as the potential dominance that visual spectacles can wield in a contemporary context. Diverse essays from a wide range of perspectives investigate the institutional framework that has allowed certain types of images of Japan to be promoted, while others have been suppressed.

In doing so, the book points to a vast network of images that have shaped the perception of Japan both from within and from outside, revealing how these images are inextricably linked to wider ideological, political, cultural or economic agendas.
Marco Bohr is Associate Professor in Visual Communication at Nottingham Trent University, UK. Previous to that he was the recipient of a JSPS Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto as well as a Japan Foundation Fellowship. With Basia Sliwinska, Marco co-edited the volume The Evolution of the Image: Political Action and the Digital Self (2020).
Product Details ISBN: 9781350186798
ISBN-10: 1350186791
Publisher: Bloomsbury Visual Arts
Publication Date: December 29th, 2022
Pages: 328
Language: English