Japanese Cybercultures by Nanette GottliebJapanese Cybercultures by Nanette Gottlieb

Japanese Cybercultures

EditorNanette Gottlieb, Mark McLelland

Paperback | December 19, 2002

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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.
Title:Japanese CyberculturesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.8 inPublished:December 19, 2002Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0415279194

ISBN - 13:9780415279192

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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