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Digital Transactions in Asia

Economic, Informational, and Social Exchanges, 1st Edition

Edited by Adrian Athique, Emma Baulch


308 pages | 27 B/W Illus.

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This book presents a comprehensive overview of transactional forms of the digital across the Asian region by addressing the platforms and infrastructures that shape the digital experience. Contributors argue that each and every encounter mediated by the digital carries with it a functional exchange, but at the same time each transaction also implies an exchange based on social relationships for the digital age. In capturing the digital revolution through case studies of economic, informational, and social exchanges from across the larger Asian region, the book offers a richly contextualized and comparative account of the pervasive nature of the digital as both a medium for action and a medium of record.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Digital Transactions in Asia

Adrian Athique, University of Queensland

Part 1: Platforms, Infrastructure and Regulation


Chapter 2: Zhejiang's Digital Dream

Michael Keane and Huan Wu, Curtin University


Chapter 3: Information Infrastructure and Platform Anxieties in India

Pradip Thomas, University of Queensland

Chapter 4: Recalibrating China in a Time of Platforms

Tom O'Regan and Nina Li, University of Queensland

Chapter 5: Demonetization: India's Year of Living Digitally

Adrian Athique, University of Queensland

Chapter 6: Another Dimension: 3D Printing and Intellectual Property in Asia

Angela Daly, Queensland University of Technology, Jiajie Lu, Dongguan University of Technology and Luke Heemsbergen, Deakin University

Chapter 7: Digital Rights in Asia: Rethinking Regional and International Agendas

Gerard Goggin, Michele Ford, Fiona Martin, Adele Webb, Ariadne Vromen and Kimberlee Weatherall, University of Sydney

Part 2: Financial, Social and Cultural Transactions

Chapter 8: Embedding Digital Money Amongst Chinese Migrant Factory Workers

Tom McDonald, University of Hong Kong

Chapter 9: The Digital State: A Tale of Tweets and Foods in Contemporary India

Rajiv K. Mishra, Jawaharlal Nehru University 

Chapter 10: ‘Skill-Makers’ in the Platform Economy: Transacting Digital Labour

Cheryll Soriano and Joy Hannah Panaligan, De La Salle University

Chapter 11: Self As Enterprise: Disability and Digital Entrepreneurship in China

Haiqing Yu, RMIT Melbourne

Chapter 12: Resilient Love: Intimacy, Surveillance and (dis)Trust in Metro Manila

Jozon Lorenzana, Ateneo De Manila University

Chapter 13: Chinese Transcreators, Webtoons and the Korean Digital Wave

Brian Yecies, Aegyung Shim and Jack Yang, University of Wollongong


Chapter 14: Insurrectionary Tendencies: The Viral Fever Comedies and Indian Media

Akshaya Kumar, IIT Indore

Chapter 15: Hijabers on Instagram: Visualising the Ideal Muslim Woman

Emma Baulch and Alila Pramiyanti, Monash University Malaysia

Editors and Contributors

About the Editors

Adrian Athique is Associate Professor in Cultural Studies in the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Queensland, Australia

Emma Baulch is an Associate Professor at the School of Arts and Soccial Sciences, Monash University Malaysia and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Digital Media Research Centre, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia

About the Series

Routledge Research in Digital Media and Culture in Asia

This book series explores Asian culture and digital technologies in a socio-economic, cultural, and technological context. It focuses on not only the celebratory achievement of local popular culture through the analysis of media texts, but also the significance of social milieu in the development of local digital technologies. Books in this series emphasize the economic and industrial aspects of popular culture and digital culture to articulate the relationship between cultural industries, the global market, and government, acknowledging that digital technologies and culture are fundamentally altering the ways in which we communicate.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / International / Economics
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / E-Commerce / General (see also COMPUTERS / Electronic Commerce)
COMPUTERS / Electronic Commerce (see also headings under BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / E-Commerce)
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Developing Countries
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies