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Japanese Cybercultures : Asia's Transformations - Nanette Gottlieb

Japanese Cybercultures

Asia's Transformations

By: Nanette Gottlieb (Editor), Mark McLelland (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 19th December 2002
ISBN: 9780415279185
Number Of Pages: 272

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Japan is rightly regarded as one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world, yet the development and deployment of Internet technology in Japan has taken a different trajectory compared with Western nations. This is the first book to look at the specific dynamics of Japanese Internet use.
It examines the crucial questions:
* how the Japanese are using the Internet: from the prevalence of access via portable devices, to the fashion culture of mobile phones
* how Japan's cute culture has colonized cyberspace
* the role of the Internet in different musical subcultures
* how different men's and women's groups have embraced technology to highlight problems of harassment and bullying
* the social, cultural and political impacts of the Internet on Japanese society
* how marginalized groups in Japanese society - gay men, those living with AIDS, members of new religious groups and Japan's hereditary sub-caste, the Burakumin - are challenging the mainstream by using the Internet.
Examined from a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives, using a broad range of case-studies, this is an exciting and genuinely cutting-edge book which breaks new ground in Japanese studies and will be of value to anyone interested in Japanese culture, the Internet and cyberculture.

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"This books, with its wide range of subject matter, rich details, and informative analysis is a fascinating snapshot, not only of the varieties of Japanese cybercultures, but also of many Japanese subcultures and of contemporary Japanese culture overall....[It] provides a useful portrait of a complex society struggling with the manifold effects of a vitally important social and technological phenomenon." -"Journal of Japanese Studies

Prefacep. xii
Acknowledgmentsp. xvi
A Note on Languagep. xvii
The Internet in Japanp. 1
Notesp. 15
Popular Culturep. 17
Individualization, Individuality, Interiority, and the Internetp. 19
Deai-Keip. 34
Cute@Keitai.Comp. 50
From Subculture to Cybersubculture?p. 60
Notesp. 72
Filling in the Blanksp. 75
Gender and Sexualityp. 93
Challenging Society Through the Information Gridp. 95
Cybermasculinitiesp. 109
"Net"-Working on the Webp. 126
Private Acts/Public Spacesp. 141
Politics and Religionp. 157
The Great Equalizer?p. 159
Creating Publics and Counterpublics on the Internet in Japanp. 174
Language, Representation and Powerp. 191
Notesp. 203
Activism and the Internetp. 205
Notesp. 218
Self-Representation of Two New Religions on the Japanese Internetp. 222
Bibliographyp. 235
Indexp. 250
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ISBN: 9780415279185
ISBN-10: 0415279186
Series: Asia's Transformations
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 19th December 2002
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 1

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