CyberAsia: The Internet and Society in Asia

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The wiring up of Asia has triggered off a wide range of social transformations even as the internet itself is transformed by the social and cultural context in which it is embedded. The papers included in this volume analyze various aspects of these social and cultural transformations in spheres ranging from the economy, politics and sexuality in Asia and beyond. While the majority of the papers focus on Asian experience of the internet, the volume also includes papers on Europe, North America and theoretical and...

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Overview

The wiring up of Asia has triggered off a wide range of social transformations even as the internet itself is transformed by the social and cultural context in which it is embedded. The papers included in this volume analyze various aspects of these social and cultural transformations in spheres ranging from the economy, politics and sexuality in Asia and beyond. While the majority of the papers focus on Asian experience of the internet, the volume also includes papers on Europe, North America and theoretical and conceptual discussions of communication and culture. The contributors to this volume are social scientists, historians and social activists. Overall this book provides a unique critical perspective on the two-way interaction between the internet and society in Asia.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004146259
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/17/2005
  • Series: Social Sciences in Asia Series, #5
  • Pages: 246
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.52 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Zaheer Baber, Ph.D. (1993) in Sociology, University of Toronto, is Professor of Sociology and the Canada Research Chair in Science, Technology and Social Change, Department of Sociology, University of Saskatchewan. He has published extensively on science and technology, including The Science of Empire (SUNY, 1996).
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Table of Contents

Introduction : the Internet and society in Asia 1
From PC to mobile Internet : overcoming the digital divide in Japan 5
Malaysia's multimedia super corridor and its first crisis of confidence 15
The culture of technology of Singapore 41
The unintended consequences of technological policy : the Internet and civil society in Singapore 57
Think centre : the Internet and politics in the new economy of Singapore 75
Beyond the dotcom fever : mapping the dynamics of E-commerce in Hong Kong 93
French scandals on the Web and on the streets : a small experiment in stretching the limits of reported reality 119
The revenge of the machines : on modernity, digital technology and animism 137
All like one in cyberspace : the homogenizing logic of Net communities 159
The virtual commons : hallucination, hype or heterotopia? 179
The real in the virtual : speech, self and sex in the realm of pure text 207
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