Welcome! ^-^ Edit

For those of you wondering what this page is about - it's a retelling of a 2015 Master's thesis exploring contemporary Japanese masculinities in Japanese dramas

J-Dramas & Emerging Japanese MasculinitiesEdit

Developing current, emerging research surrounding herbivore and salaryman masculinities within Japanese television dramas, the research paper attempted to identify the extent to which commercialized, intertextual productions designed for Japanese audiences may influence traditional representations of Japanese masculinity as hegemonic.

Using 2009's Buzzer Beat and 2010's Freeter, Ie wo Kau as respective case studies, early findings suggested a prevailing representation of masculinity as one subscribing to dominant gender ideologies

With the original thesis available via a link below, this Wikia was created to help Japanese Drama fans better understand the wider social/cultural ideologies that inform how these productions are made - enjoy :)

Why is Masculinity important to J-Dramas?Edit

Whilst people of all different nationalities enjoy watching Japanese Dramas, the reasons for doing so are less clear. Some; are interested in the various idols and talents, whilst others may use this dramas to improve their language ability. Even less clear however - to a non-Japanese audience - is why people presented in these dramas are shown the way they are. To many Westerners, we might know Japanese culture to be different from our own, but might never have thought about this too much.

+ The purpose of this Wikia is to shine some light on the wider reasons behind why Japanese men are sometimes portrayed like they are in current 'trendy' dramas!

Why is this Wiki User-editable? Edit

Like many Wikis designed for drama fans, this page was created with the hope that others interested in the theories and ideas discussed on this site will be encouraged to add their own contributions. As the original paper made clear, research into Japanese men - particularly in the context of Japanese dramas and how they're represented, is currently an under-developed field. We predict that for those interested in the topic at hand, it will attract two particular audiences - one half being drama fans, with the remainder being academics of Japanese gender.

To that end, this site asks that for anyone interested in providing any sort of feedback or otherwise, please identify yourself as either a drama fan or academic (or both). We hope that with this style of recognition, both parties can work collaboratively and improve or build on the ideas discussed in the original paper

What did the original research paper discover? Edit

That may seem like a straightforward answer but many of us realize it is not - whether you're a drama fan or someone interested in how Japan deal with gender relations. Trying to understand masculinities as they are seen in television dramas is even more difficult. Even so, below

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