Japanese Cybercultures

Edited by Nanette Gottlieb, Mark McLelland

© 2002 – Routledge

272 pages

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About the Book

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.

About the Series

Asia's Transformations/Asia.com

Asia.com is a series which focuses on the ways in which new information and communication technologies are influencing politics, society and culture in Asia.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS021000
HISTORY / Asia / Japan
TEC052000
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Social Aspects