Youth, Society and Mobile Media in Asia

Edited by Stephanie Hemelryk Donald, Theresa Dirndorfer Anderson, Damien Spry

© 2011 – Routledge

192 pages | 16 B/W Illus.

Purchasing Options:
Paperback: 9780415697200
pub: 2011-08-17
Hardback: 9780415547956
pub: 2010-04-30

About the Book

This book examines the influence of mobile media technology on the lives of young people in East and North Asia, South East Asia and Australia. It discusses the impact information communication technologies have today on social identity, well-being, participation and exclusion. It explores current media practices and their innovative, transformative and disruptive uses at the local, the regional, the national, and the global level. In particular, it analyses mobile media not as a discrete object, but rather as part of a dynamic communication and information environment in which human-object relations are constantly reconfigured. It covers key theoretical and conceptual themes in youth mobile media research focusing on social, cultural and political aspects, including coverage of key themes such as regulation and technology, practices, pedagogies, aesthetics, social change, and representations of mobile youth. The book includes new accounts of recent research into the uses of mobile media by young people, and how these are situated in a broader socio-political context. Case studies include mobile panics in Australia (the notorious Kings of Wirrabee sexual assault case) and Japan (the scandals of high school girls as teenage prostitutes) in which mobile media use has had significant impact. This book offers an up-to-date examination of the influence of information communication technologies on young people’s lives in the region.

Table of Contents

Part I Introduction – Why mobility matters: young people and media competency in the Asia-Pacific - Stephanie Hemelryk Donald Part II 1. Angels and devils: youth mobile media politics, fear, hope and policy in Japan and Australia - Damien Spry 2. Japanese mobile youth in the 2000s - Misa Matsuda 3. ‘Your phone makes you, you’: exploring the youth script in teen magazine representations of mobile media - Sun Sun Lim 4. The traditional meets the technological: mobile navigations of desire and intimacy - Cara Wallis Part III 5. The price of being mobile: youth, gender and mobile media - Larissa Hjorth 6. The city, self and connections: ‘transyouth’ and urban social networking in Seoul - Jaz Hee-jeong Choi 7. The representation of mobile youth in the post-colonial techno-nation of Korea - Kyongwon Yoon Part IV 8. Official and unofficial mobile media in Australia: youth, panics, innovation - Gerard Goggin 9. Mobile design: giving voice to children and young people - Theresa Anderson

About the Editors

Stephanie Hemelryk Donald is Dean of Media and Communication at RMIT University, Melbourne. Her most recent publications include Global Media Studies: Theories and Approaches; Branding Cities: Cosmopolitanism, Parochialism and Social Change; The State of China Atlas; and Little Friends: Children’s Film and Media Culture in China. Theresa Dirndorfer Anderson is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Practices, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), Australia. Damien Spry is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Media and Communications at the University of Sydney, Australia.

About the Series

Media, Culture and Social Change in Asia Series

The aim of this series is to publish original, high-quality work by both new and established scholars in the West and the East, on all aspects of media, culture and social change in Asia. New proposals are welcome, and should be sent in the first instance to the series editor, Stephanie Donald, at

Editorial Board:

  • Gregory N. Evon, University of New South Wales
  • Devleena Ghosh, University of Technology, Sydney
  • Peter Horsfield, RMIT University, Melbourne
  • Chris Hudson, RMIT University, Melbourne
  • K.P. Jayasankar, Unit for Media and Communications, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Bombay
  • Michael Keane, Queensland University of Technology
  • Tania Lewis, RMIT University, Melbourne
  • Vera Mackie, University of Melbourne
  • Kama Maclean, University of New South Wales
  • Jane Mills, University of New South Wales
  • Anjali Monteiro, Unit for Media and Communications, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Bombay
  • Laikwan Pang, Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Gary Rawnsley, Aberystwyth University
  • Ming-yeh Rawnsley, University of Leeds
  • Jo Tacchi, RMIT University, Mlebourne
  • Adrian Vickers, University of Sydney
  • Jing Wang, MIT
  • Ying Zhu, City University of New York

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Popular Culture
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Telecommunications