From Pronoun to Identity: Tracing the History of the Word Otaku

Journal of Arts, Culture, Philosophy, Religion, Language and Literature 3 (1):21-23 (2019)
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Abstract

Words are vessels of power; the power to convey meaning. Words can give shape to the identity of a group, and the same word can stereotype one for generations. This research paper is about one such word – ‘Otaku’. The aim of this research paper is to trace the history of the term ‘otaku’, and understand how it evolved from a second person pronoun to a term that identifies an entire subculture

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Siddharth Garg
Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore

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