in Secrets, Sex, and Spectacle

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print January 2007 | ISBN: 9780226894089
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226894119 | DOI:

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Group scandals sometimes are complicated. They might require particular knowledge of how a particular group works or the vagaries of corporate law. But individual scandal stories are often tailor-made for identification with the subjects, and as such often have broader appeal. This chapter divides the stories of individuals into four categories: entertainment celebrities, sports stars, psychodrama, and politicians and bureaucrats. In each of the four cases, two sets of rules, those of privacy or honor and of privately ordered groups, are once again central in understanding Japanese scandal, even though individuals ostensibly are the subjects. Entertainers have agencies, sports stars have corporate-owned teams, and politicians have parties and factions. Psychodrama is less prevalent in Japan than in the United States because of a combination of group rules, rules of privacy and honor, and the lack of courtroom drama. A few additional complementary rules shape and illuminate scandal in each category.

Keywords: scandals; individuals; entertainment celebrities; sports stars; psychodrama; politicians; Japan; United States; privacy; honor

Chapter.  27542 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Law

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