Author Takeyama, Akiko, 1970- author
Title Staged seduction : selling dreams in a Tokyo host club / Akiko Takeyama
Imprint Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, [2016]
book jacket
 人文社會聯圖  GT2600 .T35 2016    AVAILABLE    30610020504684
 Ethnology Library  GT2600 .T35 2016    AVAILABLE    30520020826468
Descript xviii, 225 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 195-208) and index
This manuscript provides a window into the Japanese nighttime bars where male hosts seduce their female clients and entice them to spend money. It attempts to answer questions such as: what happens when women are the financial providers and men are the paid seducers? How do they communicate when women want to be seduced but cannot say so? What is it like to be in a commodified form of romance? Takeyama investigates various aspects of the host clubs including the host club as workplace, the hosts themselves, the women who frequent host clubs, the club managers, and the ethics of host club deception. Ultimately, the book provides readers with an extraordinary look into the dynamics of seduction, and the broader dynamics of the contemporary Japanese political economy. Publisher's description
Introduction : promise of the future -- The consumable city -- Commodified romance -- Entrepreneurial attraction -- Feminine restoration -- The art of seduction -- Conclusion : affect economy
Subject Love -- Economic aspects -- Japan -- Tokyo
Man-woman relationships -- Japan -- Tokyo
Sex-oriented businesses -- Japan -- Tokyo
Sexual ethics -- Japan -- Tokyo
Nightclubs -- Japan -- Tokyo
Tokyo (Japan) -- Social life and customs -- 21st century