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Centre for Film and Screen Studies

Akiko Nagata


Akiko Nagata
Akiko Nagata
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Thesis title:
An Analysis of Family and Gender Role in Japanese Television Drama
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I completed both my Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Kwansei Gakuin University (Japan). I have a degree in BA for Policy Studies, and MA for Sociology. My interest in Film Studies started with animation.  I have analysed the animation of The Simpsons from the sociological contexts and statistics. In the thesis, I examined how the role of family and community is presented in The Simpsons, and how the animation can be considered a way to analyse societies.

PhD Research

My research is focused on how families and gender are represented through Japanese television drama. The research will look at relatively recent works from 1990 to 2013 onwards. The aim of my research is to determine family values and gender roles through Japanese media over the past 20 years. I believe analysing Japanese television drama can be a key to interpret changes in Japanese society.