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Role-Playing Games of Japan

Transcultural Dynamics and Orderings

Authors: Kamm, Björn-Ole

  • Represents one of the first book-length scholarly studies of non-digital role-playing games (RPGs) in Japan
  • Takes a transcultural approach that extends beyond the national borders of Japan and challenges prevailing stereotypes of "Japaneseness" in RPGs
  • Employs cyber-ethnographic methods  to theorize non-digital RPGs as constituting fluid networks of practice rather than fixed and static entities
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About this book

This book engages non-digital role-playing games—such as table-top RPGs and live-action role-plays—in and from Japan, to sketch their possibilities and fluidities in a global context. Currently, non-digital RPGs are experiencing a second boom worldwide and are increasingly gaining scholarly attention for their inter-media relations. This study concentrates on Japan, but does not emphasise unique Japanese characteristics, as the practice of embodying an RPG character is always contingently realised. The purpose is to trace the transcultural entanglements of RPG practices by mapping four arenas of conflict: the tension between reality and fiction; stereotypes of escapism; mediation across national borders; and the role of scholars in the making of role-playing game practices.

         

About the authors

Björn-Ole Kamm teaches and researches in Transcultural Studies at Kyoto University. His previous research engaged stereotypes and media use in Japanese society. Currently, he explores live-action role-play in Japanese educational contexts.

        

Buy this book

eBook ¥8,984
price for Japan (gross)
  • The eBook version of this title will be available soon
  • Due: September 19, 2020
  • ISBN 978-3-030-50953-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format:
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
Hardcover ¥11,231
price for Japan (gross)
  • Due: September 19, 2020
  • ISBN 978-3-030-50952-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Immediate ebook access, if available*, with your print order

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Role-Playing Games of Japan
Book Subtitle
Transcultural Dynamics and Orderings
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-50953-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-50953-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-50952-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 300
Number of Illustrations
29 b/w illustrations
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